Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wait List

It was quiet reading time the other day when I heard two of my students deep in a muffled negotiation about a book. They were whispering back and forth then I saw an exchange between them.

One student opened the cover of the book, pointed to a Post-it inside, then handed the book to the other student. The other student put aside the book he was reading (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and began reading his new trade.

I was curious as to what was on the Post-It so I went over to ask. I smiled when I saw that it was a Wait List of students who wanted to read the book.
The book?

The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner.

If you haven't read it, you should add your name to the Wait List. My kids know a good book when they see one.


  1. The sign of a true reader is a to-read pile! What a wonderful surprise--and yes, it is a wonderful book. I love the idea of a "wait list" on a sticky note inside the book; I'll share it with my teachers!

  2. Did they create the wait list themselves?!?! I love that!!! These students are readers!

  3. What a clever idea-a wait list-makes reading appealing.

  4. I love the wait list inside the book! You have some readers in your class!

  5. You should tell Kate Messner about this, Jennifer. She will love it. It is a great book, glad to hear that your students are loving it.

    1. Kate just wrote (on FB) about a teacher who canceled Kate's classroom visit because she wasn't comfortable with the drug issues. I share your post with her. She will be thrilled I'm sure.

  6. I love the idea of a wait list inside a book. I will have to figure out how to share that idea with my classes.

  7. This anecdote made me smile. Thank goodness for the wisdom of students.

  8. Love this post -- you have wonderful slices that bring the reading community in your class to life. Really powerful --thank you for sharing.

  9. Such a delight to know the students are waiting. I love the power of that post-it. I haven't read this book yet. Adding it to my list due to wait list created by your students.