Reading fiction builds empathy

Reading fiction builds empathy

The reason a Canadian named Carol Finlay started up book clubs in prisons was not just to give prisoners a welcome distraction and goal (to read the books), but to broaden and stimulate their minds through discussion about the book, and see if it could also expand...
One in four Americans didn’t read a book last year

One in four Americans didn’t read a book last year

The bad news is that 27% of Americans (probably Canadians too) did not read a book last year, according to Pew Research. Not even one book! The good news is that teens are more likely than adults to read for pleasure. (On the other hand, they read for pleasure less...

Drawing Information-Lovers into Fiction and Vice Versa

Today I have the privilege of speaking to educators at the The Write to Learn Conference in Osage Beach, Missouri. Below are the digital handouts for attendees of my second session, “Drawing Information-Lovers into Fiction and Vice Versa.” Handouts for Pam...
Summer Reading

Summer Reading

Once every year, the school bell releases an eager torrent of kids into our arms for months of summer fun. They leave behind the homework hassles and school tensions. As we spend more relaxed time with them, they float comfortably back into our sphere of influence. So...
Learning a new language = insight into encouraging kids to read

Learning a new language = insight into encouraging kids to read

I often joke that I like to learn foreign languages because it feels so good when I stop. It’s not a process that comes easily to me; whatever side of the brain it requires isn’t my strongest. But I recently came across a website that offers tips on learning a...