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 person’s love of reading and other qualities such as civic engagement and philanthropy.
But what can we actually do to help stoke young people’s interest in reading so that they develop these habits for life?
Our new National Ambassador for Young People’s 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 doesn’t have to be everyone’s favorite. I’ll never forget my own son’s 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!