Want to add a little magic to your Self-Selected Reading time? Try "blessing" a book or two and see how fast your kiddos grab it up. It doesn't take but a few minutes, and very little preparation, if you've previously read the book. I did this today with Sarah, Plain and Tall:
Have any of you read this story? It's a pretty quick read, with only 57 pages (heads jerk up) about a family living during the pioneer days dealing with a tragedy. In it the mom dies, and the dad decides to marry a "mail order bride." It's a story about a family learning to get through a difficult time. And, it's a Newberry winner, so you know it will be a great story! Anyone interested?
You'd be amazed at how many students will try it, simply because you suggested it. I handed out all 7 of my copies, a child checked it out from the library, and there are 10 names on the waiting list on the board!