I wish you could have been with me yesterday when I gave out copies of Ender's Game to the "Crestdale Kids." These are students from the Crestdale community in Matthews, NC who come to Covenant Day School once a week for tutoring.
I wish you could have seen the excitement of a third grade boy who took his copy and hugged it. At first he thought it was going to be too hard for him (and it might be, since he is a struggling reader) but about 30 minutes later he came back and proudly announced that he had read two pages.
I wish you could have seen the fourth and fifth graders who realized these books were theirs to take home and read.
I wish you could have seen the kindergartners who were excited about getting their books and saving them until they were older.
I wish you could have seen the first grader who started reading it as soon as she received it.
I wish you could have heard a grandmother announce that she is going to start a book club for the students to come to her house, eat pizza and discuss the book.
I wish you could have been a part of our celebration of books and reading.
What am I saying?
Of course, you already were.