Why it's important for kids to read

When I was in Elementary, I struggled with school. I tried to be a good student, but it was a challenge. Math seemed like a foreign language to me, and every time I started reading a book, I couldn’t finish it.

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  • When I was in Elementary, I struggled with school. I tried to be a good student, but it was a challenge. Math seemed like a foreign language to me, and every time I started reading a book, I couldn’t finish it. I didn’t have any confidence in my school work, and I deemed myself the “problem” child of the class.

  • It wasn’t until Jr. High that everything changed for me. I decided to give the Harry Potter books a try because I’d liked the movie. It was still hard for me to read, but the more I got into it, the more I realized how much I loved reading. When I finished, I realized that I wanted to read the rest of the series. As I continued to pour through the large, fantasy novels, I noticed that school became easier and soon my grades began to improve. Within one year I was on the honor roll and began joining honor classes, something that seemed impossible one year earlier. I finished the Harry Potter series and moved onto The Series of Unfortunate Events, and other middle grade novels like Ella Enchanted, and Holes. I began spending less time on television, computers, and video games, and more time going what I loved, reading.

  • I am so happy that I decided to read The Harry Potter books, they got me into reading. They helped me unleash my potential in school and made me realize that I wanted to become an author.

  • I’ve seen firsthand just how important it is for children to read. It improved my grades, gave me confidence, and eventually led me to a career. A big part of getting a child to read is just finding the right book. Here are some suggestions:

  • 1. Find books about genres they’re interested in

  • For me it was fantasy novels, for other children its books about science, sports, or history.

  • 2. Ask around

  • Some of my favorite novels have been suggestions from friends, teachers, and librarians. You don’t see a lot of advertisement for books. Often times it’s through word of mouth that you discover great books.

  • 3. Newbery Honor Award Books

  • I’ve loved every single Newbery book I’ve read. I think of the Newbery Award system as a standard for children’s books, if a book has received this award I know it will be well written, clean, and something that kids will be excited to read. Holes, Ella Enchanted, and A Year Down Yonder are just a few of my favorite Newbery Honor books.

  • Getting kids to read is so important, and sometimes all it takes is one book to make a huge positive influence in their lives.

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