Summer Reading 2014, Wheels in Motion.
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I am not sure why it popped out of my mouth, "Do you like to read?"
Suddenly, he stopped. As he came to an abrupt halt, the silence stopped the prior noise of an entire basketball team in motion. The kid had spent half of my lunch hour in the mall food court, running off wild energy, while his mother chatted it up with the other moms and otherwise occupied, or sleeping kids.
I was trying to keep Annie's Pretzel oil from getting on the book I had been attempting to read; "The City,' by Dean Koontz. I was to the third chapter, and like a hot date, I was ready to read.
He became still as a statue.
He nodded his head, "yes."
It seemed like of cone of silence surrounded us. It was one of "those" moments.
I ask; "What is your favorite book?"
He sat up, pulled his cap on, his ears were fading to pink. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid."
Oohing and ah-ing appreciatively, I asked if he had read the latest book from the "Wimpy Kid" series by Jeff Kinney which had just been published the month before.
I could see the green title, eight balls raining on his head (the Wimpy Kid), but looked up in the air, after the title.
Louder, he said "Hard Luck."
Other than the stomping, and running, and scraping and bumping into the tables, diners, trashcans and imaginary friends, The child had never really spoken in an audible voice.
He vocalized with a push, "Our school library has a long waiting list, and it is 'Hard Luck', the new one"
Suddenly, the youngster transformed into a fellow reader. we have books in common. Allies
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck," by Jeff Kinney link to an e-bay seller.
Readers connect instantly over books. It is a great way to save the world. One book at a time.
- Reading is fun
- Reading will allow you to travel near and far.
- Reading is learning
- Reading teaches a person to expand their mind
- Reading is a safe escape
- Reading will reap benefits
- Reading is a Tardis of sorts
- Reading teaches strength and bravery
"Reading Rainbow" ALA Project - YouTube
Read for Pleasure!
"Oxford Big Read - The benefits of reading for pleasure" - YouTube
Check with your local libraries, even if you are travelling this summer, there are many libraries who bridge programming points from one branch to another.
For a some free fun, schedule activities to coincide with programs happening at libraries all around the U.S. If this is happening in other countries all the better.
Support your youth, support the library, and support your brain.