“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Black, M. I. (2012). I’m bored. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Lexile Measure: 250L
Synopsis: A young girl expresses her boredom until she discovers a potato. The dialogue shifts when the potato expresses how boring it is to hang out with a kid. The young girl attempts to convince the potato how life as a kid is never boring by explaining all the fun and imaginative activities kids can perform.
Rationale for Classroom Use: I’m Bored is an excellence book for a read aloud. It can be used to teach the effect of repetition because “boring” is constantly repeated in the text. The book can also be used to teach text features, dialogue, and irony. Students could also compare and contrast the thoughts, feelings, and actions of the young girl and the potato’s perspectives on boredom.
Common Core Connection:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.9 Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.