Most of us know intuitively, if not empirically, about the importance of reading for pleasure, lifelong literacy, or whatever term you choose. Studies have shown connections between a persons love of reading and other qualities such as civic engagement and philanthropy.
But what can we actually do to help stoke young peoples interest in reading so that they develop these habits for life?
Our new National Ambassador for Young Peoples Literature with the self-described impossible-to-pronounce last name, Jon Scieszka (rhymes with Fresca), has some thoughts on that:
1. Let the reader choose what they like and want to read. Fiction doesnt have to be everyones favorite. Ill never forget my own sons reaction reading Little House on the Prairie (a favorite of many other readers): Are they really going to spend this whole chapter making a door?
Follow the link and, yes, give the whole thing a good read!