TBR Piles

Do you have a TBR pile? I hope you do. TBR stands for To Be Read.

We’ve talked many times in class about needing to know what book we’re reading next. Brent Peterson calls it a Book on Deck–pretty clever for a Red Sox fan. Readers often have MANY books on deck–hence, a pile. I have encouraged my students to keep a TBR list in the back of their agendas/planners–a place to which they can quickly and easily refer when they are ready for a new book.

Today we celebrate TBR piles.

The Nerdy Book Club (a “club” for anyone who considers him or herself a reader) asked for its members to send in pictures of our TBR piles. They put together this video compilation:

Here is my TBR “pile”, which has taken a digital form in my public library queue, and shows up in the above video at the 46-second mark:



(I’m glad to say that The Fault in our Stars has since come in and is in my BR (Being Read???) pile.

I’m pleased that this TBR piling has been passed down to my children.  Here is a picture I snuck of my daughter’s TBR pile:


In fact, my wife just told me that she counted seven+ books that we are currently reading on our living room end tables. Check this:


Some of those we are reading individually; A Wrinkle in Time and A Monster Calls are read-alouds–the former for my kids, the latter for my wife. (See the Monster Calls post here.)

So… what is in YOUR TBR pile? We’d love to know. We’d also like to see it if you can find a way to link to a picture in your comments.

Now… get reading!

Remembering MLK

Few men have been as inspiring in their eloquence and drive as Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. His words are timelessly powerful.

Revisiting this time period in our history is always shocking–knowing that our free country was once so divided. It is a recent history too; not ancient past. I take the opportunity on MLK DAY to recommit myself to his ideals:

Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: – ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’
Martin Luther King Jr., Speech at Civil Rights March on Washington, August 28, 1963

Enjoy this brief biography:

This is my favorite picture book about Dr. King–an illustrated I Have a Dream:


And it Begins…

My wiki website is useful for posting some information. My school Facebook page is helpful for keeping parents and student up-to-date with classroom events and homework. But for and sharing videos, pictures, books, and thoughts, I’m hoping this blog is more versatile.

This first post is simple. Here is one of the cool videos I showed in class on Friday. It’s amazing to think how much time it must have taken. These people love their books! Enjoy the show.

Here are some of the notes from the Youtube clip:

After organizing our bookshelf almost a year ago (http://youtu.be/zhRT-PM7vpA), my wife and I (Sean Ohlenkamp) decided to take it to the next level. We spent many sleepless nights moving, stacking, and animating books at Type bookstore in Toronto (883 Queen Street West, (416) 366-8973).

But none of it could have been done without all the volunteer hands who shelved and reshelved books all night, every night. A special thanks goes out to:

…and they list about 25 people who helped.


It makes me want to visit. Do you have a favorite bookstore? Tell us about it.