I had a completely different post planned for today. But then I was hip-hopping around the internet, visiting my usual suspects, when I came across this post on It’s Okay to Be Smart. Joe Hanson rocks. He always has intriguing entries on his Tumblr, and this one is no exception.
Call Me Ishmael is a website/YouTube Channel that is for people who love books. “How can that be?” you ask, “Videos are the antithesis of books.” Well, not if they are videos that celebrate books and the difference they have made in people’s lives.
Call Me Ishmael asks people to call “Ishmael” and leave a voicemail about their favorite book. Each day, Ishmael takes one of those voicemails, and creates a video with the transcription.
It’s really moving to listen to the impact some of these books have made. Aside from the implications for classroom use, I just found it inspiring to listen to a few of these, and it made me think deeply about the books that have become a core part of my soul over the years.
Here are a few that I recommend: