Comment: All this talk of reading and writing lately got me thinking...

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All this talk of reading and writing lately got me thinking...

I have worked with kids as young as 18 months to as old as 18. I have tutored and mentored at-risk-youth. I have tutored English language learners. I worked on before and after school non profit reading programs. Some of these books are what I watched people fall in love with and become inspired to continue their path towards literacy.

Knowing how to read and comprehend the written word is one of the greatest freedoms someone can have. It's great to start with the classics that most people can't help but fall for.

You are right, a story like The Call of the Wild could bore a kid to tears if stretched out over a long period of time, but if done right (which it sounds like you did) it can be one of those stories that blows a kids mind.

I don't have kids. But I do have kids in the sense that I have a niece and kids I have been babysitting for on and off for years and the kids I tutor. Then I have myself, because I am a child and I still like taking a break from the deeper reads and whatnot to go back to the beginning of my love for reading.

I read Island of the Blue Dolphins in late elementary school, read it again a few years ago with a group of kids in a before school reading program. I just finished 3 books from the DP bookshelf and decided I wanted to be a kid again so I pulled that really quick. I might go back to Where the Red Fern Grows again also. I love that one.

This is one of the ones I recently finished from the DP bookshelf. It was a great piece of nonfiction. I loved it. Nonfiction can be a challenge for me. But when I made my DP reading list, I wanted to challenge myself so I pulled a bunch of nonfiction from the shelf. I'm so glad I gave it a try. It's good to step out of comfort zones. That is why I put a bunch of children's lit on the shelf. It's good for all the writers go either step out of literary comfort zones and try something new, or something so old that it is new.

Be Love Now
Ram Daas.

Thanks for this one. It enriched my life. My world is better because of it.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss