We all know that reading – the sheer joy of drawing words from a page – is tonic for the soul, at every age. For children and young adults, though, a reading program beyond the requirements of school has many additional advantages. Sustained reading improves comprehension over time; it enhances working vocabulary; it tends to improve objective scores; it increases writing acumen; and, not surprisingly, it actually builds knowledge. Okay. We agree. So, how do we get started?
WHAT TO READ
Read about what interests you. It’s your time; you have the right to enjoy the experience thoroughly.
Explore several books at the same time. Books have different moods. So do you.
For young readers, parents can help by identifying age-appropriate material in subjects you’ll like.
Ask a teacher for suggestions. Biographies? Fiction? History? Sports? Non-fiction? Fantasy?
WHERE TO FIND IT
Most good schools provide reading lists – for summer enrichment, for literature requirements. Go online to school websites, library websites. Inquire at a bookseller. Ask a friend who already loves to read.
If your school does not offer suggested reading lists, by grade or by subject, do two things:
First, ask why not?
Then, work with the school to develop a reading list, by age group and topic. You will benefit from the experience more than you can now imagine.
For older students, go to the website of a college or university you might like to attend someday.
Email English department faculty for suggestions. Let them get to know you well before you apply.
WHEN TO DO IT
Start today, not tomorrow. Read every day. A minimum of 30 minutes for young readers; 60 minutes minimum for older readers.
Try to reserve the same time every day – but not just before bedtime if you tend to fall asleep quickly.
Take a few books on vacation. Read in the car on family road trips.
Now, it’s up to you. Whether you are a page-turner or an e reader, you will find that developing your reading program will simultaneously develop other features of the person you are working to become.
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