Reading=Victory! Actors and Athletes Aren’t the Only Stars

I wish our culture celebrated reading and book-makers in the same way that it does sports and movies. So, I decided to celebrate us myself! At NCTE, I took some pictures of folks mimicking the poses of sports stars and award-winning actors. Some were enthusiastic–thank you, Leslie Bulion for being my first guinea pig and for making silly poses in the lobby of the Gaylord Convention Center as people walked by! And thank you, all of you, the camera-shy and the camera hogs:>) for diving into this, even when you had no idea what I was talking about! Here are the STARS I took pictures of. Some are teacher educators, others are authors, classroom teachers, and librarians. Three of them were my roommates (what a blast!). All of them are awesome. All of them are stars.

And I have started a Pinterest Board for these, so if you want to share pics of yourself, your students, or any other stars doing their best victory poses, send me a link and I’ll add you to the board:>) I’d love to add loads of pics of people celebrating books and reading in their best action-packed, gritty-grimacy, or joyous poses. The most fun pics are of the people who totally go for it! Once I’m back in town, I’ll share some kind of template if you want to create a pic with some kind of border/background that goes with the Reading=Victory project. But just any kind of image is fine, too, no special background or border required.

Leslie Bulion

Heidi Mordhorst

Heidi Stemple

Jim Stiles

Joan Bransfield Graham

Kate Messner

Laura Purdie Salas

 

Melissa Stewart

 

Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Ruth Lowery

Tricia Stohr-Hunt

52 Responses

  1. These are fantastic, Laura! What a great idea to celebrate the REAL stars of the world (not to mention give a little dig to the ridiculous celebrity culture). I hope you continue your REAL STARS project. This needs to be shared all over!

    1. Thanks, Renee (and for sharing it). I’m hoping people decide to join in! Going to make some kind of template to share next week. Do your best victory pose and send me the link, ok? You’re an actor, so I’m expecting wonderful things:>)

  2. These are fantastic, Laura! What a great idea to celebrate the REAL stars of the world (not to mention give a little dig to the ridiculous celebrity culture). I hope you continue your REAL STARS project. This needs to be shared all over!

    1. Thanks, Renee (and for sharing it). I’m hoping people decide to join in! Going to make some kind of template to share next week. Do your best victory pose and send me the link, ok? You’re an actor, so I’m expecting wonderful things:>)

  3. I LOVE these! What a great idea! I can see my kids wanting to imitate their favorite athletes/actors, etc. but as Star Readers and Writers!
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Debbie–I’m glad you like it. And–exactly! I want to get pictures of kids celebrating themselves as readers or writers, too! There weren’t any kids at NCTE:>) And there’s the whole permissions thing I need to figure out. But I hope kids will hold up books they love or are proud of themselves for reading and do their best celebration pose/dance.

  4. I LOVE these! What a great idea! I can see my kids wanting to imitate their favorite athletes/actors, etc. but as Star Readers and Writers!
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Debbie–I’m glad you like it. And–exactly! I want to get pictures of kids celebrating themselves as readers or writers, too! There weren’t any kids at NCTE:>) And there’s the whole permissions thing I need to figure out. But I hope kids will hold up books they love or are proud of themselves for reading and do their best celebration pose/dance.

  5. Oh man, Laura, these look good! Totally worth all those shots we took that didn’t cut it, and I can’t wait to see more!

  6. Oh man, Laura, these look good! Totally worth all those shots we took that didn’t cut it, and I can’t wait to see more!

    1. It was fun–a bit more time-consuming than I thought, and I wish my phone took better pics inside. But I feel like that was the warm-up, and now, with examples to show people, I bet we could really have some fun with this!

    1. It was fun–a bit more time-consuming than I thought, and I wish my phone took better pics inside. But I feel like that was the warm-up, and now, with examples to show people, I bet we could really have some fun with this!

  7. These are fantastic, Laura! You have such wonderful ideas! I’m all for anything that promotes reading! By the way, I’m having a reading camp-in for my students next week. It’s the first one I’ve had in a few years. I hope my students enjoy it!

  8. These are fantastic, Laura! You have such wonderful ideas! I’m all for anything that promotes reading! By the way, I’m having a reading camp-in for my students next week. It’s the first one I’ve had in a few years. I hope my students enjoy it!

  9. These are so much fun, Laura! I love the idea of having kids pose as reading/writing stars. One of my colleagues is also a photographer, and I know she’ll love this, too!

  10. These are so much fun, Laura! I love the idea of having kids pose as reading/writing stars. One of my colleagues is also a photographer, and I know she’ll love this, too!

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,492 other subscribers

Are You Looking For?

Poetry Friday posts

Classroom Connections posts

All my poetryactions

Go to my Poetry page for:

  • National Poetry Month projects through the years
  • Small Reads Roundups (poems grouped by topic)
  • Introductions to several favorite poetry forms
Tags
#waterpoemproject15 Words or Less Poems20for2030 Painless Classroom Poems50 State Poemsacrosticsactivity pagesactivity sheetALAA Leaf Can Be...Amy Ludwig VanDerwaterA Need to FeedanthologiesanthologyA Rock Can Be...art projectsaudiopoemsawardsbad newsBarbara Juster EsbensenBilly Collinsbiopoemsblog tourbookalikesbook festivalsBookSpeak!book spine poemsbook trailersbop poembyr a thoddaidcafepresscalendar poemsCamp Read-a-LotCan Be... bookscan be... poemsCapstoneCarol Varsalonacascade poemsCatherine FlynnCCRA.W.3CCRA.W.4CCRA.W.5centoschapter bookschoral compositionschristina rossetticinquainsCLAclassified ad poemsclassroom connectionclassroom connectionsClover Kittyconferences and conventionscrown sonnetscybilsdansaDare to DreamDavid Elliottdeeper wisdom poemdefinitosdiamantesdiversitydizaindodoitsuDot DayDouglas Floriandownloadablesdrum corpse.e. cummingsekphrastic poemsepistolary poemsequation poemsessentialethereeseventsexquisite corpseFairy Tale Garage Salefamilyfibonaccifiction picture booksfinding familyfirefightersforeign editionsfound poemsfree author zoomsfree versefrom studentsgeesegeorgia heardghazalGift Taggiveawaygolden shovelgoldilocksgratitudehaikuheart of aheart of a teacherHeidi MordhorstHelen FrostHighlightshow-to poemshow to make a rainbowI Am FromI Am poemsidiomsif you want to knit some mittensIf You Were the MoonILAimagepoemsinterviewin the middle of the nightIRAIrelandIrene LathamJ. Patrick LewisJanet WongJoyce SidmanKendraKerlanKidlit Comboslailaura's board booksLaura's booksLaura's poemsLaura's readingsLaura ShovanLee Bennett HopkinsLilian MoorelimericksLinda Booth SweeneyLion of the Skylist poemslittle free librarylive writingLullaby and Kisses Sweetlyricsmadness poetrymargaret simonMarilyn Singermary lee hahnmask poemsMeet My FamilyMelissa StewartMentors for Rentmentor textsmetaphorMichelle Myers LacknerMillbrookMinnesota Book Awardsmoonmy reading lifemy writing processN+7naaninarrative poemsNational Poetry Month 2012 (haiku a day)National Poetry Month 2014 (riddle-ku)National Poetry Month 2015National Poetry Month 2016National Poetry Month 2017 (#wonderbreak)national poetry month 2018 (haiku a day)National Poetry Month 2020National Poetry Month 2021 (#EquationPoem)national poetry month 2022 (sticky-note poems)National Poetry Month 2023 (Digging for Poems)ncteNerdy Book Clubnifty newsnifty stuffNikki Grimesnonfictionnonfiction booksNonfiction Writers Dig Deepnovelsnovels in verseodesOne Minute Till BedtimeoppositifyOskar's VoyagepadletpantoumsparodiesPatreonpeacepersonalpet poemsphotopoetryphrase acrosticspicture booksplagiarismpoempicspoemspoems for two voicespoemsketchpoetic pursuitsPoetry 7poetryactionspoetry activitiesPoetry Blastpoetry booksPoetry FridayPoetry Friday AnthologiesPoetry Princessespoetry promptspoetry sistersPoetry Tips for Teachersprogressive poempublishing processpuddle songPutridquotationsraccontinosRandy Salasread-aloudreadaloudreading poetry in the classroomRebecca Kai Dotlichrecipe poemsrefugeesresearchreviewsrevisionrhyming booksrhyming nonfictionrhyming picture booksRhyming Picture Books the Write Wayrhyming poemsRiddle-kuriddle poemsRock Can Be...Rock the Blogrondeau redoublesRudyard Kiplingsalas snippetsSCBWIschool visitsScotlandseasonssecrets of the loonSELsestinasshrinking daysskinnyskypeslice of lifesmall readssnack snooze skedaddlesnowman-coldsonnetsStampede!storm poemstorytimestorywalkstudent poemsstudent workSylvia VardellTanita Davistankatautogramteachableteacher resourcesteen/adult poemsterza rimasthankfulthank yous and referencesthe business sidethings to do iftracy nelson maurertrioletstunie munson-bensonvideosVikram MadanvillanellevillanellesWater Can Be...wealthy elementaryWe BelongWhat's InsideWhy-kuwinterwonderwonderbreakword of the yearwordplaywordsmithswork for hirewritingwriting bookswriting processwriting promptswriting the life poeticyoung authors conferencesYouTubeZap Clap Boomzenozentangle
Show More Show Less

Join Laura's monthly newsletter for eductators

Get three of Laura's favorite poetry activities when you subscribe to "Small Reads."