TRY THIS TOMORROW: THE GIFT OF STORY
John Schu primes readers with personal reflection of the books of their heart within the first few pages of his book, The Gift of Story: Exploring the Affective Side of the Reading Life. I love the following questions that Schu uses during his school visits where he shares his love of stories.
“Is there a book that changed your life?
Is there a book that feels like a best friend to you?
Is there a book that you have read so many times that most of it is tattooed to your heart?
Is there a book that everyone in this room should know about?
Is there a book that calms you and helps you find your way back to joy?
Is there a book that helped you understand yourself or a classmate better?
Is there a book you wish you could give to everyone you meet?” (Schu, 2022, p. 2)
Book love and joy is something we must sustain and sometimes reclaim throughout the year in our reading communities. These questions are a wonderful resource to add your toolbox for supporting your readers to reflect on their own book love. Sharing “the book of your heart” is a powerful way to exchange book love between your readers. Try it tomorrow!