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Why Read?

Top Academic Reasons to Read:

  1. Readers are better at reading.
  2. Readers are better at writing.
  3. Reading as a leisure activity is the best predictor of better comprehension, vocabulary, writing style, spelling, and reading speed.
  4. Each time an unfamiliar word is seen in print, a small increase in word knowledge typically occurs.
  5. If students read one million words in a year, at least 1000 words will be added to their vocabulary.
  6. Students who read a novel with many unique words actually learned the meaning of many of those words from context clues only.

Adapted from Stephen Krashen, The Power of Reading

10 Other Benefits of Reading, or Why You Should Read Everyday

  1. Mental Stimulation
  2. Stress Reduction
  3. Knowledge
  4. Vocabulary Expansion
  5. Memory Improvement
  6. Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills
  7. Improved Focus and Concentration
  8. Better Writing Skills
  9. Tranquility
  10. Free Entertainment


The Reader's Bill of Rights

The right not to read something

The right to skip pages

The right not to finish

The right to reread

The right to read anything

The right to escapism

The right to read anywhere

The right to browse

The right to read out loud

The right to not defend your tastes

                                ---Daniel Pennac

Improbable Libraries

American Library Association 2019 Award Winners

John Newbery Medal- for most outstanding contribution to children's literature is awarded to:  

Coretta Scott King Book Award- recognizing an African-American author adn illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults & Michael L. Printz Award- for excellence in literature written for young adults are both awarded to:

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What Should I Read Next?

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