Literacy Resolution #2: Keep a Reader’s Notebook

Happy New Year!  I have decided that I’m going to do my best to make 2011 my best year yet, personally and professionally.  I don’t typically make New Year’s Resolutions, but in the spirit of this New Year, I have decided to make some literacy resolutions.  I will share these resolutions with you over the course of the next month.

Resolution #2:  Keep a Reader’s Notebook

As part of my literacy resolutions this year, I’ve decided to write down all the books I read throughout the year.  The purpose of this is twofold.  One, it allows me to see that I really am reading more than I think and two, it will provide me with a record of books I read.

I plan to keep it a pretty simple endeavor.  If I used them in the classroom, the notebooks may be a bit more involved, but mine will simply include a list of books and the date I finished reading them.

Last week, I found one of the many empty journals I have sitting around my house (obviously, this is something I’ve thought of doing before!) and created space for two different lists.  One is labeled “Personal Reading 2011” and one is labeled “Professional Reading 2011.”  I broke my notebook up into two lists because I’m curious to see how much professional reading I will do in a year as well.  A lot of times, I’d rather read professionally, but I recognize the need to read for personal pleasure.

I do read every day already.  But, my every day reading consists of reading to my kids.  Don’t get me wrong, this is enjoyable and it’s reading.  However, my first resolution was to read every day for me. A lot of reading for me will include picture books and juvenile literature, because that is what I enjoy.  But, it will also include adult literature and professional literature.

In addition to me keeping track of the books I read, I’ve also discussed the idea of keeping a reading journal with my kids.  I want my kids to know that voracious readers typically keep reading notebooks to keep record of the books they read.  So, both kids have their own journal and they too have begun to keep track of the books they read (or have read to them).   I think that they will really get a kick out of seeing how many books they actually read in one year.

In many ways, I’m looking forward to reading more, just so I can keep track of what and how much I read!

Will you join me?  Do you already keep a reader’s notebook?  Do your children?

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  2. TinyReader Says:

    Last summer I started a reading notebook to use as a model for kids in schools. I read as many early chapter books as I could and tried to create jottings and entries just like the ones the kids would create. I liked it so much that I started my own readers notebook to help me keep track of ideas for my grown-up book club!

  3. Cathy (justwonderinY) Says:

    Thanks for this post. I need to get back in the habit of a Reader’s Notebook. For a long time, I kept my Reader’s/Writer’s Notebook together. I just jotted things down chronologically. However, the problem I’m struggling with lately is I’m more likely to have a device at hand than paper/pencil. You have me thinking I could probably keep this on my phone. I wouldn’t miss a thing. Evernote?

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