"Kids who love reading live happily ever after." -Calef Brown
That is certainly the goal for all Wayne County students, but there is a particular group of
youngsters that may really be nailing that goal. They are known as the Page Turners, thanks to an after
school club they are attending.
The Page Turners include about twenty Monticello Elementary fourth and fifth graders enrolled
in a 21st Century After School weekly book club date guided by Monticello Elementary Teacher Julie
Recently, the Page Turners shared their enthusiasm for reading by visiting kindergarten students
at Walker Early Learning Center reading aloud to a classroom. They were very animated reading a funny
book they enjoyed as youngsters called, Lyle, Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Waber. The younger students
were thrilled to see ‘the big kids’ and were captivated by their presentation of the popular children’s
“I used to love to have people come to our school and read to us,” said fourth grader Jade
Baker, after having the opportunity to read to a kindergarten class.
“We talked about questions they could ask the students about the book before we came,”
explained Teacher Julie Pyles. “They came up with some really great questions to help the children with
Since that date, Pyles’ awesome readers are tackling a chapter book that she deliberately chose
for them to enjoy and discuss. She surprised them when they got to chapter 12 and 13 when Maniac
Magee reads Lyle, Lyle Crocodile to some other kids in the story. Her students were pleasantly surprised
and loved the little unexpected twist that they could identify with in a meaningful way.
Teachers like Ms. Pyles know how to share the lifelong gift of reading where the words on the
pages jump off into real life or at the very least fuel her students’ imaginations.
Page Turner Lilyan Norfleet, a fifth grader, is a good example of a student that has received the
gift and demonstrates a thirst for reading books. She has over 51 points in her school’s Accelerated
Reading program and she is hoping to reach 200 points by the end of the school year. “I mostly read
fiction and I love to hear the creativity of what the author comes up with.”
Fellow Page Turner Tony Tinoco was inspired by the read aloud adventure. He said he really
liked asking the students questions about the book. He appreciated it when he showed them the
illustrations on the pages as he was reading and they responded with total amazement.
The upperclassmen all seemed to love reading everything from chapter books to series like “I
Survive Books” or “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”, so hopefully their enthusiasm for reading will rub off on the
next group of students coming through. Their next read aloud book visit will be at Bell Elementary on
November 25 when they share Miss Nelson is Missing.
The group of students that went over to Walker from Monticello
Lillian Norfleet with her chosen book
4th grader Aaron Hunt showed the class the illustrations in the book he and 5th grader Jordin Hickman were sharing
4th graders Tony Tinoco and James Woodruff reading to the kids
4th graders Stephen Parker Gossage and Silas Henderson reading out loud to the students