Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in English, which means I had a lot of formal training in reading.
He was reading from the beginning so that he could get to the end, where the reader was assured that the knight and the fair maiden lived together happily ever after.
And so he was reading the story as if it were a spell and the words of it, spoken aloud, could make magic happen.
I didn't start working on children's books until I got a job at a book warehouse on the children's floor. When I started reading some of the books, I was so impressed.
I want to remind people of the great and profound joy that can be found in stories, and that stories can connect us to each other, and that reading together changes everybody involved.
It distresses me that parents insist that their children read or make them read. I think the best way for children to treasure reading is for them to see the adults in their lives reading for their own pleasure.
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