March is National Reading Month. As a literacy coach, I love there is a month set aside with a literacy focus. Just as I tell people I am black 365 days a year and the celebration of my heritage and history cannot be contained to one month, I also believe you should read 365 days a year. It does not have to be for a long time, but you should engage in and explore various texts throughout the year.
Throughout this month, I will share various read alouds and books I love.
First up is the book I Keep Getting Mad: A first grader’s struggle with understanding and dealing with anger. This book is written by Isaiah Wesley Thompson, a student at Milwaukee College Preparatory School. It was published December 2017 and is a book my sons grew to love. I have twin boys who happen to be in the first grade just like Kurt, the main character in this story. I was glad to find a book that related to my children right where they are in life (yes, my two little guys find themselves in trouble at school sometimes). What was even better was finding a book written by a student featuring a black male. I think every elementary educator should add this book to his or her classroom library. Check out one of my twin sons reading the book in the video below.