love for the book love

I had this dream and I told the internet about it.

It exploded.

I don’t even know how to put my feelings into words this time.

The books piled up before our eyes. I would carry in bags every day for about a week and half, and my students would say, “MORE?”

Yes. More.

“But they don’t even know us,” they said to me.

I know.

“Do they even know you?”

Many do. Some don’t.


Because reading is important.  Because YOU reading is important.

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My classroom library went from 104 books to over 400 books in less than a month. All I did was make a wish list. All I did was say, “hey, I want to put books in my students’ hands.”

And they started coming in.

I also applied to the Book Love Foundation for their yearly Classroom Library Grant. Each year they gift class libraries to ten chosen applicants. Part of the application was to have letters of recommendation. Two of my students stepped up to write for me.  The words they said about me made me cry.

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Everything Ms. Sluiter does she does to help better her students’ education.

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Mrs. Sluiter puts everything she has into her job, and I would love to see her get something that she would be absolutely grateful to receive.

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Cortney said to me this past week, “did you ever imagine your little blog would bring such opportunities and good?”

No. Not in my wildest dreams. I signed up for a Blogger blog on July 7 of 2007 with the intent to post pictures and some updates for my family and friends. Never did I dream that someday Sluiter Nation would truly reach nations. Would provide for my students. Would connect me with some of the best friends I have ever had.

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I have a stack of all the notes that came with all the books. They are in a box in my classroom so I can share them with the students. I will be posting them around the library once I have shelves in place.

I wish I could send thank you notes to everyone who contributed so far, but Amazon doesn’t give me your return address. So I hope this humble blog post will do.

Thank you…

Brian and Adrienne J
Alexandra B
Rachelle F
John H
Lori B
Jennifer W
Julia L-R
Gigi R
Amber W
Joanne M
Kelsey P
Emily E
Brittany V
Wendy M
Kathleen B
Jill D
Leslie K
Gretchen V
Rachel M
Sarah T
Tonya W
Arneyba H
Amanda B
Mary B
Erin M
Jennie G
Elaine A
Debi G
Greta F
Roxane B
Tracy M
Anonymous People
And to anyone I missed because my mind has been all over the place this past month.

I promise to keep you all updated on the building of the library shelves and introducing the library to my new students next year.

I promise to keep this library sparkly and clean and organized.

I promise to put these books in the hands of teenagers.

I promise to always remember where they came from.

Thank you.

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If you would still like to donate via my Wish List, I am currently most in need of “boy” books. You can also send gently used books too! Email me at for the address to ship them.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. This makes me all kinds of happy.

  2. This is wonderful. I still have your list on my desk, waiting for me to get it together. So happy that you did this!

  3. Seeing all those books makes me smile. I’m “John H” by the way, it’s my hubs amazon account. I may have some “boy books”, I will look around my basement.

  4. My heart skips a beat when I look at pile upon pile of books donated by people these kids will likely never meet. I also love the message — it’s about more than the books. It is the education, the learning of words and communication, the loss of oneself in a story or situation unlike one’s one.

  5. We love you, and your love for your students makes us love them, too.

    Love is pretty contagious stuff.

  6. So SO excited for your future classes (and the ones that just ended)! We told you it could work, didn’t we?

  7. I just got SO many chills reading this, Katie! I’m so proud of you for doing this and proud that we, as a community, stepped up to help! Congrats! I cannot wait to see your finished library. 😀

  8. this is incredible to see! So happy for you and your students!

  9. I want a re-do on high school and I want to be in your class. Just sayin’.

    Love the love of the love.

  10. SO amazing. Seriously. I’m still collecting/sorting and whatnot but I’ll see what I might have that works better for boys. Either way, you rock and this is AWESOME.

  11. How absolutely, wonderfully awesome!

  12. This is absolutely amazing. It makes my heart so happy to see all those books, all that kindness. It’s so beautiful.