Some children’s books are overrated. Here are a few titles that I hereby give you permission to remove from their pedestals.
Activity: I Just Didn’t Like It
Have students write a reflection about a book that they tried to read and just didn’t enjoy. Whether the book was chosen by the student, received as a gift, or assigned by a teacher, it just didn’t quite make an impression. Students should try to answer the following questions about the book:
- Why didn’t you enjoy reading this story? Was it the plot, characters, themes, or something else?
- Do you think that you were the right or wrong age to read the book?
- Do you think you might enjoy the book if you tried reading it again some other time?
- What might help you have a better chance of liking this story?