Nurturing a Love of Words

Today I visited a fourth grade classroom at Jefferson Community School in Minneapolis. I was invited to read a favorite book and talk about being both a reader and writer. The students had prepared thoughtful and relevant interview questions for me ranging from What's your favorite children's book? to Who taught you to read? I loved thinking about these things, about the very infancy of literacy and learning to love books. When the floor was opened for questions, I was asked everything from Have you been in a movie? to How old are you? I applaud the teacher and her efforts to make reading and writing a regular part of these kids' lives. The whole experience was a wonder and a joy.