Jon Scieszka on kids who hate to read

>> Monday, March 10, 2008

One of our all-time favorite authors here at Gratz Industries, Jon Scieszka (author of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, among many others) was recently named the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress. We can't think of a better choice!

I love
Scieszka's answer to parents who say their kids don't like to read. From an interview with Roger Sutton of The Horn Book:

Try expanding your definition of reading to include humor, nonfiction, graphic novels, magazines, fantasy, science fiction, online content, audiobooks. Your kid may just hate to read assigned reading. Ask them what they are interested in. Empower them by letting them choose to read, and to choose what to read. Allow them to not like what might be your favorite reading.

Be a positive role model. Talk to your kids about how you choose your reading, what you like, and what you don't.

Avoid demonizing new technologies. TV, games, the Internet, and movies compete for kids' time and attention. But they are not the anti-reading devil. We need to help kids become critical consumers of all media. They can enjoy both TV and books. Each provides its own pleasures.

Amen, Ambassador!


Brian March 11, 2008 at 2:57 PM  

Finally, someone who wants to encourage literacy/love of reading by NOT blaming the TV, video games and computers. I like this guy. I'm going to have to look at his books. It seems like he might be a media literacy advocate on top of literacy. Which is good news for everyone.

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