What is a “real book?”- Helping teachers reach reluctant readers. 

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What is a “real book” Is it the book that is interesting enough that a modern 8 year old chooses to sit and read instead of playing Switch?  If a book is able to hook the most reluctant reader is that a real book?  Teachers please consider this as we head back to school.  There will be readers in your class that do not have good experiences with reading.  Selections they have been given in the past were found boring.  

Reading is an important skill for children to develop.  Intrinsic motivation is powerful. If a 3rd grade boy does not want to read Sarah Plain and Tall but has an interest in one of the many novels about the worlds of Minecraft then this is his gateway.  Not everyone will enter the world of loving books the same way.  I entered with The Hardy Boys.  In the 1960’s The Hardy Boys were considered “bad books”. Librarians refused to stock them.  They were considered junk.  When you have to increase reading comprehension among all of your students especially those that do not practice as much, it is a good idea to provide them with materials they will want to read.  

Many teachers don’t know that you can find chapter books based on 

Pokemon

5 Nights at Freddy’s

Minecraft and more

Once kids read they can do anything, to get them to put down the Video Games teachers need to embrace that not everyone is going to like the same books.  A variety of different types of books including those based on pop culture/media characters is an important step to developing readers.  

Reading a YA book again

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I’m very excited to announce that I will be starting to read Ghostly Echoes the 3rd book in the Jackaby series today.  I’ve been in I a reading lol for YA and Kids books for most of this year.  This has caused the amount of reviews to decrease significantly.  Recently I got a job at Barnes and Noble and will be working in the kids department.  I feel reinspired to read literature for young people.  

Wayfarer Review

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Wayfarer is the sequel to Passenger and its by Alexandra Bracken.  I was really excited to read this book.  I fell in love with The Darkest Minds series.  Passenger and Wayfarer are very different books.  Wayfarer moves very slowly.  At times the pacing is an issue but the characters are very well crafted and you really pull for two main characters.  I give this book 3 stars.  

I was given a copy of this book by Disney Hyperion in exchange for an honest review.  

Review: The Magicians

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman is a very hyped fantasy trilogy.  It has been compared to Harry Potter.  I was really excited and into this book at first.  It had magic and intrigue and older characters.  They swore and had sex so it wasn’t some little kid book.  I also watched the TV show and the TV show was really well done even having a Hichcockian cameo by the author.  

Unfortunately this book just didn’t hold up and I lost interest.  It has gone on my DNF pile.  I probably won’t get back to it as I have just too many other books I want to read.  

2 Stars DNF