We need to speak books.
To share books.
To have books that show them who they are and also what others are.
To celebrate books and all types of reading so that within our classrooms and schools every child can see themselves as a kid who reads. As a kid whose reading matters. As a kid who doesn’t read “easy” books, who doesn’t cheat in reading when they listen to audio books. As a kid who might not just be a reader someday, completely dismissing that they are, indeed, already a reader.
And not just in their own eyes but in our eyes as well.
So I suppose I can say it one more time; what we do with the reading we do matters.
What we don’t do with the reading we do matters.
The identities we help create matter.
And the words our students share about what is killing their love of reading matters. the least we can do is listen to them.
And we must bring back common sense reading practices to protect the very kids whose reading lives we were told to nurture, to protect, and to grow.