Me: Oh, y’all remember the children’s book “Are You My Mother?”
Students: *blank stare*
Me: you know…the little birdie goes around asking random animals – and a truck! – if they’re its mom?
1 student: oh yeah, I think I know which one you mean..
Me: *Googles book cover* this one!
A couple more students: oh yeah, looks familiar
*most students still blank stare*
Student: I bet you’ve read it to your kids at home
Me: Yeah, I’m pretty sure I have actually. I think we have the one in Spanish
Student: Wait. Do you read to your kids? At home? Like….in the movies??
Every Single Student: *staring at me anxiously/already in shock at the possibility*
Like in the movies. Like in the movies.
I’ve had this phrase playing and replaying in my head. I can’t stop hearing it. It’s haunting. It’s jarring. It’s far too common.
My tenth graders were in disbelief that I read aloud to my children at home.
We know all the research. We know about low-income students. We know the likelihood of having been read to. Still.
It’s haunting. It’s jarring. It’s far too common.
Read aloud to your kids this week. For your at home babies and grandbabies, cuddle in tightly and laugh and make funny sounds and turn the book upside down and start from the back and answer the request for “just one more.” For your at school babies, toddlers and tweens and teens alike, huddle them up and laugh or weep and wonder and be curious together.