On February 21, The Nerdy Book Club blog co-founders Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp joined the Literacy Lenses #G2Great Twitter chat to talk about themes from their new book Game Changer! Book Access for All Kids.
Topics covered during the chat include strategies for increasing access to books year-round, emphasizing time and choice, advocating for school librarians and school libraries, ensuring that book collections include diverse voices and experiences, and more.
To learn more about strategies for increasing access to books featured in Game Changer!, visit: www.scholastic.com/gamechanger
You can view the full #G2Great Twitter chat hosted by Dr. Mary Howard, Fran McVeigh, Jenn Hayhurst, Amy Brennan, and Valinda Kimmel, here.
Here are some highlights from the discussion:
Welcome to #G2Great. We're so honored Donalyn Miller & Colby Sharp are our guests. Their new book, Game Changer! will truly change how we view book access! Please tell us who is here! #bookaccessforall@donalynbooks@colbysharp@Scholastic@franmcveigh@hayhurst3@brennanamy pic.twitter.com/npBLa3dhnB— Dr. Mary Howard (@DrMaryHoward) February 22, 2019
A1: If you want them to get better at basketball you get them a ball and a hoop. If you want them to dominate in hockey, you buy them skates and a stick. Gymnastics: you send them to the best gym. If you want them to read: flood them with books. #G2Great— Colby Sharp (@colbysharp) February 22, 2019
We did not refer to any people (including ourselves) as game changers. For too long, providing book access at school has been the work of heroic educators spending their own funds. Any system depending on heroes to make it work is a bad system. The system needs to change.#g2great— Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) February 22, 2019
A2. Help families navigate barriers to public library use such as proof of residency requirements, transportation, and fines. #G2Great— Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) February 22, 2019
A2. Don’t assume that if your kids have database or ebook access through school that you’ve met their book access needs. Many families still don’t have consistent access to wifi. Ask your families what they need! #g2great— Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) February 22, 2019
A3: My fifth graders spend more time reading than anything else during their school day. We never skip it. EVER. It doesn't take long for them to see what is valued in our classroom. #G2Great— Colby Sharp (@colbysharp) February 22, 2019
A4. If we don’t fight to keep our librarians, we are going to lose them in our schools. Too many kids have already lost these vital mentors and teachers. #g2great— Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) February 22, 2019
A4: I have a nice classroom library. It doesn't matter how many books I have, it could never replace a school library run by a certified librarian. Kid need both. Kids deserve both. #g2great— Colby Sharp (@colbysharp) February 22, 2019
A5. I also recommend https://t.co/2TeZXb0Y3n for a database of LGBTQ+ YA titles indexed by identity and orientation.— Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) February 22, 2019
A6: For starters: send all the books in the school home with kids (Not all at once.). Books were not born to sit on shelves. They need to be in homes. In cars. On Buses. At sporting events. The dentist's office. Grandma's house. You get the point. #g2great— Colby Sharp (@colbysharp) February 22, 2019
A6. If you’re punishing kids for not turning in/ completing home reading logs without determining their book access at home (and supporting it), you are focused on the wrong problem. #g2great— Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) February 22, 2019
A7. No teacher lies on their deathbed and says, “I wish I’d given them more test prep.” Sending engaged readers into the world is a legacy that matters and lasts long after we are gone. #g2great— Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) February 22, 2019
Thank you for joining us tonight! Let's all give a #G2Great thank you to @donalynbooks & @colbysharp @DrMaryHoward @franmcveigh @vrkimmel @brennanamy #G2Great #BookAccessForAll pic.twitter.com/b2868QOQMA— Jenn Hayhurst (@hayhurst3) February 22, 2019