This is an excerpt of a 2 December 2015 post by Christine Kling on her blog Write On The Water.
You Say Kids Today Don’t Read?
by Christine Kling
Well, I would like to offer you the opportunity to do something about that. It’s called the Battle of the Books Team.
As you may or may not know, I spent many years in the classroom as a high school English teacher. Today, I am very fortunate to be able to write full time, but I still have friends who are there doing the good work in the trenches to light that love for reading in the kids they see every day. Without people like that, there may not be the readers in the future to support the publishing industry.
I think these folks are nothing less than heroes, and I’d like to introduce you to one of them: my friend Barbara who works as the media specialist (aka librarian) at Miramar High school in Florida where 65% of the students are on free/or reduced lunch.
Barbara has come up with a plan to get her students to go to the countywide Battle of the Books competition. First, they have to read the 15 books on the Florida Teens Reads list. These are not the literature they might be reading in English class — they are high-interest, very current novels as seen in this video. ...continue reading »
This is an excerpt of an 8 May 2016 publication on straitstimes.com written by Bryna Singh, Ankita Varma and Media Correspondent Boon Chan.
10 Personalities On Books That Changed Their Lives
by Bryna Singh, Ankita Varma and Media Correspondent Boon Chan
For a Life Reading Special, The Sunday Times asked the above newsmakers about books that made an impact on them. ...continue reading »
This is an excerpt of a 29 May 2016 publication on telegraph.co.uk written by Arts Correspondent Hannah Furness.
New Generation Buying Books To 'Express Their Personalities'
by Arts Correspondent Hannah Furness
There are many reasons to buy a book, from learning about a new topic to the pure entertainment of immersing oneself in a different world.
A new generation has discovered one more, experts say: expressing their personalities in an increasingly online world.
Siôn Hamilton, the trading director of Foyles bookshop, said he had noticed a tendency for people to want to reflect their musical and reading tastes at home, retreating from the digital age to embrace physical objects again.
Speaking at a Hay Festival, sponsored by the Telegraph, Hamilton said Foyles' new store had enticed a "younger, trendier, more vibrant" group of customers, who were well able to order books online but chose to visit a physical bookshop instead. ...continue reading »
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