What to Read When by Pam Allyn '84

Dear Friends,

Conversation about children and books is always rich with many layers. We remember our own childhoods, and now, as adults, we hope we can give to children a sense of that joy that comes from a good book. There is such potential in that moment that feels transformative from the act of reading itself, which puts us into new and different worlds and gives us opportunity to envision other people's lives and to imagine our own in new ways. 

But the world now is different too. Technology has brought a new dimension to what reading means to all of us. The global community feels closer by than ever before. Yet with all of these new dimensions having the privilege of watching a child learn to read is still a tremendous thrill. That doesn't change. It's such a great gift we can give to children: being company for them along this great lifelong journey into print. If you don't have a child of your own, I encourage you to find one to read to, a child who will really appreciate your time. You don't have to be a teacher to do it. Let the books of childhood enchant you and inspire you too.

I'd love to continue this conversation with you! So here are some discussion topics for us to ponder. I invite you to share your own as well:
  • What are your own memories of reading and how have they impacted you through adulthood?
  • What is your favorite childhood book and why do you suppose it had such an impact upon you?
  • How can we continue to inspire children as readers even in spite of all the distractions around them?
  • How can we create environments for reading that will truly build lifelong reading lives?
  • Let's discuss the role of technology and raising children as readers.
  • Let's discuss five great ways to help our children become independent readers.
  • I can share my tips for how to help your child (or a child you know) learn to read.
  • What is the reading/writing connection and how can we foster it in children?
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