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Tip #55: Bad Kitty!

Kitty Felde

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We all have guilty pleasures. Mine include re-watching the Colin Firth comedy "What A Girl Wants" and eating half a bowl of raw cookie dough. 

For readers at Pinchbeck Elementary School in Henrico, Virginia, the guilty pleasure is "Bad Kitty." 

Dawn Johns is the 5th grade teacher at Pinchbeck. She's a big fan of letting kids pick their own reading material - without stressing too much about the reading level. Dawn says that includes book choices that may be too difficult or too easy for the reader. "You can't tell a child they're not allowed to read 'Harry Potter,' you have to let them choose and decide for themselves."  She says if the student gets a few pages in and doesn't understand what they're reading, they'll move on to something else.

At the other end of the scale, Dawn says she has a lot of readers at all reading levels who love the "Bad Kitty" series by Nick Bruel.

 

For the uninitiated, "Bad Kitty" is a lot like my cat - cranky, selfish, and completely irresistible. It's a picture book, but Dawn says even the kids who read at grade six levels love this series and want to read it over and over again. "I can't tell them that they can't read something that they enjoy," she says. It's their guilty reading pleasure.

Dawn says kids relate to the character. It make them laugh. She says she keeps introducing them to other books, but doesn't look down her nose at the ones who keep coming back to "Bad Kitty." "They have to read something they enjoy reading," she says.

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