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Lazy Sun. Lit Talk: Encourage Young Readers Edition

Happy Sun., Readers!

There has been a confluence of events recently that have really made me reflect on, and appreciate, my reading life as a child. One was that I learned that LeVar Burton has a podcast in which he reads stories to listeners! Of course, that dropped me right back into my childhood obsession with Reading Rainbow. (And LeVar Burton—j’adore, j’adore, j’adore.)

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Also! Today marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Sesame Street! Can you believe that? Both of these shows taught me so much but, more importantly, made it ok for me to care about reading and learning. I wasn’t the only nerd in the world! :)

This week is also National Young Readers Week, the start of Pizza Hut’s Book It! program for this school year (free pizza, y’all!) and next Mon. (11/18) is “High Five a Librarian” Day (what would we be without librarians?).

To be honest, a major reason why I read so much when I was little was that my parents would leave me alone when I was reading—I was quiet and out of their sight and couldn’t really get into trouble for that.

But also, reading was an escape from the real world into worlds of magic! All of this has me thinking about favorite books and authors from my childhood, those wonderful escapes from my less than wonderful reality. I dreamed of moving in with Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and how perfectly behaved I would be, or living with Matilda and Miss Honey, or with James in his giant peach. :)

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And now I’m wondering about your favorite childhood books/authors! So, this week, please tell us about your favorite books, authors, series, etc. from childhood. Which books shaped you? Do you remember the first time you read a chapter book on your own (the ultimate measure of maturity to me when I was little; mine was The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo, v. sophisticated, lol). What books are you reading to/with your own kids?

And, as always, please tell us:

  • What book did you most recently finish?
  • What are you reading now?
  • What’s next on your “to read” list?
  • Do you have/need any book recs?

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