Using Literacy Connections to Build Classroom Community: The Story of a Teacher, Students, and Harry Potter
C. Lorraine Webb, Ed.D. & Robin R. Kapavik, Ph.D.


When a teacher started her teaching career, never did she think one community building read aloud would contribute to a life-long friendship with her students. But Harry Potter afforded her the opportunity to create a sense of community within her 4th grade classroom that has endured into the students’ adulthood. Because of that experience, she continued to select read alouds by both students’ interests and how the content of the literature could forge connections amongst students.