Joyful Reading & Writing
Many of the texts I read as a child have been like roadmap markers, showing me a range of life options … helping me define myself not only as a reader, but also, as a human being.
-Dr. Alfred Tatum, Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Education, Metropolitan State University of Denver
The adage “a rising tide lifts all boats” is apt when we consider joyful, independent reading. When we read extensively and intensively, literacy skills and understandings rise, too. We have decades of research proving that avid readers are skillful readers and strong writers. They know about the conventions of language, such as spelling, punctuation, and grammar because every time they open the pages of a good book, they get a lesson on effective writing. Avid readers have robust vocabularies, and they have knowledge about the world. Reading makes us smart and changes us in ways that expand our understanding and soften our hearts. The following resources address ways to cultivate avid readers.
El Nido Elementary
An Alliance With The Public Library
Loving a Book