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So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. And I am biased, obviously and enormously: I write for children and for adults.
For about 30 years I have been earning my living through my words, mostly by making things up and writing them down. It is obviously in my interest for people to read, for them to read fiction, for libraries and librarians to exist and help foster a love of reading and places in which reading can occur.
But I am much, much more biased as a reader. And I am even more biased as a British citizen. Which supports literacy programs, and libraries and individuals and nakedly and wantonly encourages the act of reading.
Because, they tell us, everything changes when we read. I want to talk about what reading does. I was once in New York, and I listened to a talk about the building of private prisons — a huge growth industry in America. The prison industry needs to plan its future growth — how many cells are they going to need?
How many prisoners are there going to be, 15 years from now?
But there are very real correlations. And I think some of those correlations, the simplest, come from something very simple.
Literate people read fiction. Fiction has two uses. And it forces you to learn new words, to think new thoughts, to keep going. To discover that reading per se is pleasurable.
And reading is key. There were noises made briefly, a few years ago, about the idea that we were living in a post-literate world, in which the ability to make sense out of written words was somehow redundant, but those days are gone: People who cannot understand each other cannot exchange ideas, cannot communicate, and translation programs only go so far.
The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity. And that means, at its simplest, finding books that they enjoy, giving them access to those books, and letting them read them.
Comics have been decried as fostering illiteracy. No such thing as a bad writer There are no bad authors for children, that children like and want to read and seek out, because every child is different.
They can find the stories they need to, and they bring themselves to stories. This is the first time the child has encountered it. Do not discourage children from reading because you feel they are reading the wrong thing. Fiction you do not like is a route to other books you may prefer.
And not everyone has the same taste as you. We need our children to get onto the reading ladder: And the second thing fiction does is to build empathy. When you watch TV or see a film, you are looking at things happening to other people."Oh,my children!!" This was the terrorizing scream that was heard in the streets of Mexico City after ten o'clock at initiativeblog.com horrible scream filled the city with fear and caused panic everywhere,This horrible situation happened during the middle of the XVI century in " New Spain".
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