Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Young Readers

I'm thrilled to report that reading is alive and well with the next generation. At least with this fourth grade Girl Scout troop. I had the pleasure of helping them with their book badge at the local library, and what fun we had. All of them love to read, AND they all have read or at least know of Nancy Drew.  How cool is that!

They plotted a murder mystery together and were scary shrewd. Most of them like to write stories and had a few amazing ideas for those, too. One of the girls got a Kindle for Christmas and downloads ebooks. At the end of our hour together, they checked out armloads of books, a few were even mine.

I'm going to stop worrying about our future readers. Life is good.

11 comments:

Mason Canyon said...

It's wonderful that the Girl Scout troop encourages reading (and writing). Sounds like you had a great time. Love the photo.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Katreader said...

That is so wonderful to hear. I worry about the future when I see all sorts of "text speak". I'm glad at least some young people are reading and enjoying classics and coming up with their own stories as well!

ev said...

Having worked at Border's for a long time, I don't worry about the kids coming up. It's more the parents that scare me sometimes- they just stand around while the kids look for books. Parents have no idea where to find them, they came in looking and would admit that they don't read but their kid does.

Thank god for teachers.

Dru said...

That is great to hear. I'm noticing a lot of young readers on my subway and bus rides.

Sandy Cody said...

What a nice post to read on a cold, snowy morning. Great to know that the Nancy Drew tradition will continue.

Booklady said...

As a school librarian I get to see just how much our children really do enjoy reading. I have kids that bring a book with them to the library, sometimes one they have checked out and sometimes one they own (one even brought her Kindle) and I hate to tell them the have to stop reading so I can give the lesson. I remember being that much of a bookworm as a kid. I once got in trouble because I was supposed to be doing math and I had hidden a book in my lap and was reading it instead.

I think the idea of kids just being all tech is somewhat of a stereotype. I hope so anyway. Looks like you had a great time at the library with those girls What a fun time!

Debra Fox said...

Fewer boys read for pleasure than girls but my son has been an avid reader since he was a little boy. We read all of the Little House books to him and shivered during The Long Winter. We listened to audio books on car trips and all laughed at Bill Cosby's book where he talks about his teenage son's sudden interest in doing laundry. It is amazing to me, Ev that the kids came to reading without parental encouragement.

Deb Baker said...

All good news! My son was never a big reader in spite of his parents, who read like crazy. He loved Enders Game, though, and reads Manga. Better than nothing.

Kathleen Ernst said...

Deb, back in December I visited a girl scout troop for the same reason. It was great fun, and as you said, affirming!

signlady217 said...

You mentioned Nancy Drew (I still have all mine, and the board game!), do you remember Trixie Belden? I had those, too, (have to check a couple of boxes in the attic to see if I still do). I've been looking for them in the stores to give to a friend's 10-year-old daughter, but not finding them, until this Christmas. They've been out of print for 15 years! But now Trixie's back and I'm so glad!

Deb Baker said...

Trixie has always been my first love, even beating out (dare I say it?) Nancy!