One of the reasons I love reading (and writing, for that matter) is the opportunity to connect with others beyond myself. Stories are meant for sharing. I love recommending books. It’s like introducing two people you know are meant to be friends.
That’s why it’s so important for all of us, but especially children just starting to “own” their reading, to discuss, share, and explore literature with others. I could feel the energy in the air yesterday (silliness, too) as my fourth and fifth-graders came to discuss Pedro’s Journal, a mid-grade historical novel about a (ficitonal) boy who sailed on the Santa Maria during Columbus’s first voyage. Not all of them liked it, but all of them came with something to say.
Stories create worlds, characters, and circumstances bigger than ourselves. They point out what it means to be human. It is so key to share these things, making meaning beyond ourselves. I love that kids love this. I love that I get to be a part of the process. Thank you to everyone who fosters reading in the young — parents, teachers, librarians, volunteers, writers, readers, dreamers. Your efforts make a difference.