THE SECRET LIVES OF BOOKS/David Kirby ALL LAST SUMMER I went to a local housing project every Wednesday afternoon to read to a group of children. With one or two exceptions, I never met the moms and dads. The children seemed to run the place. Td park my car and start walking toward the ree room with my books, and someone, usually one of the Carter brothers, would shout, "Story Maaaan!" and the children would come running. arrange themselves behind me, and we'd start. I'd find a seat, the little ones would pile into my lap, the others would I was never sure who would show up, so I always brought a variety of books with me, from the simplest picture books to ones that were longer yet could be finished in the hour we had together. They had definite preferences, but basically the children were game for anything--though I preferred the longer books to the shorter. There was never really any such thing as starting on time, so I usually skimmed a couple of picture books until everyone had settled in and then started a longer story. With variations, there was always a rhythm to these sessions.
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1997
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