Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kid Readers Are Awesome

The author of that article might not like Percy, but a
whole bunch of young readers love it,
read it & rec it to their peers.
This week another article came out about how horrible it is that kids are enjoying reading the books they've chosen and not ones that some people have decided they should like. Or at least that's what I've gotten out of the New Yorker op piece. (I'm not linking to because it's all just clickbait anyways. I fell for it, why should you?)

Today I got to speak to a group of 9 year olds about books. Nonfiction, fiction, biographies, historical fiction, fantasy, mysteries, I talked with them for an hour. AN HOUR. And the kids participated in the conversation, asked questions and were really excited to learn about some new books.

You can teach a kid to read, but that doesn't necessarily turn them into a reader. The mechanics aren't enough. Leave out the joy of discovering and falling into a new story, and you might make reading seem like a chore. I'm a big fan of letting kids choose the books that most interest them. Seeing 30 kids excited about reading was a ginormous boost to my day. Here's to our future readers!
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