Category Archives: reading

books, the children of the brain. – jonathan swift

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behold the golden tower.

whoever enters

shall do so

at the

risk and joy

of

gaining

something 

they may 

never

have imagined.

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big words.

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she’s a big girl of 5 now

and wants 

so desperately 

to read chapter books

all by herself

with lots and lots of pages

 no pictures

no help

flipping through the pages

looking for familiar letters

seeking any word she’s seen before

putting her bookmark in 

taking it out again

opening it

closing it

showing us how thick it is

doing all the things that readers do

so self-assured

‘i can read them all.’

and then 

 her moment of truth and grace arrives

  as she says

isn’t it funny, there isn’t one interesting word in here?’

there are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world.

love of books is the best of all.

– jackie kennedy

happy international children’s book day.

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 MATILDA WORMWOOD

 from roald dahl’s ‘matilda’.  not that matilda is only interested in children’s books – before she even gets to school, she’s onto adult classics such as ernest hemingway’s ‘the old man and the sea’ and ‘nicholas nickleby’ by charles dickens. an avid reader who manages to outsmart the horrible miss trunchbull? well, of course we love matilda.

‘I’ve always said to myself that if

a little pocket calculator

can do it why shouldn’t I?’

– matilda wormwood

credits: roald dahl

we shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. – b. f. skinner

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the teatime reader

loved

walking around

the neighborhood

on this cool fall day

and seeing

a young child

sitting all alone

under a tree

reading

a book

aloud

happily lost

in the  

magical world

of her

imagination

he that loves reading has everything within his reach. 

– william godwin