Hey there voyagers! I’ve spent a great deal of time this week thinking about books and reading. For myself, I’ve been staying up waaaaay too late reading, and I’ve just finished my 6th book of the new year.
I also spent time talking with a young friend whose 4th grade son does not like to read. I put together a grade level appropriate list of some of the best children’s books I could think of. A child who is not motivated to read is either struggling, or has not experienced the right book! What fourth grade boy would not be enthralled by the idea of owning a pet Grizzly bear (Gentle Ben by Walt Morey), or by the thought of living alone in a hollowed out tree and training a falcon! (My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George)
The best advice I could give her for developing a young reader is to read TO him! Aloud, and snuggled up in the most comfortable place she could find! I always told the parents of my students that their job was to keep the love of the book alive! Reading aloud to children helps them develop the imagination necessary for independent comprehension. And the right books will get them hooked!
And then I got to thinking about my fellow retirees. Are there any young people in your lives to whom you could read aloud? To whom you could give the very special gift of your time and reading expertise? Is there someone for whom you could light the reading fire?
Have a great weekend, and enjoy reading a wonderful book! I know I will!
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