🏀Books for March Madness ðŸ€

Let’s face it, remote learning has been a drag for most of us. There are a lot of negatives. However, I am not here to discuss them. I am here to share a positive experience that has me and my students smiling.

Typically in library, I spend time teaching lessons about the Dewey Decimal System, how to find books in a library, fiction/non-fiction, digital citizenship, research skills and a whole range of other topics. Although those things are sometimes woven into our Zoom sessions, and are no doubt important, I have been spending a good deal of time on one of a librarian’s most important jobs – instilling the love of reading and listening to books. The best way to draw them in is by reading to them.

Some kids don’t spend any time reading outside of material that is required for their school work. Likewise, some kids have never had the opportunity to sit down with a parent to share the joy and intimacy of reading a story together. During our weekly Zoom meetings, I have been sharing my favorite books on timely topics with them and we couldn’t be happier.

This month is the beginning of “March Madness,” the enduring term for the men’s NCAA championship tournament. Regardless of whether you like basketball, I bet you can walk away from these two read alouds happy that you have taken just a moment to sit down, forget about the world around you and learn a little bit about the history of the game.

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Glass Invented Basketball (in 1891) is the story of how a determined teacher inadvertently invented one of the most popular games in America.

Girls are ballers, too. Read Wilma Rudolph’s story about how she battled Polio and eventually made her way to the Olympics, becoming the fastest woman on earth in 1936.

Check out these other fun links to keep your head in the game:

🏀 Stomp Makes Basketball Music with the Harlem Globetrotters

🏀 The Swish Machine: 70 Step Basketball Trickshot

🏀 MVP | Animated Short Film Inspired by Kobe Bryant

🏀 Dear Basketball | Academy Award Winning Tribute to Kobe Bryant

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