I’d Like to Know What You’ve Learned*

Regular readers of this blog will know I’m a big fan of Margot Kinberg and her blog, Confessions of a Mystery novelist. Here I share Margot’s wonderful recent post on raising children who read.

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

ChildrenreadingRay Bradbury is said to have made this observation:

‘You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.’

If you think about it, that quote makes some sense. No matter how many truly fine books there are available, if people don’t read them, they have no impact.

I’m quite sure I don’t have to convince you of the value and the joy in reading. After all, I don’t think I’m the only one who has a staggering TBR list (and no, you don’t get to know how many books are on mine. So there. 😉 ). The real challenge is passing on that love of books to future generations.

And it’s not just teaching decoding skills either. It’s not even teaching skills like identifying characters, remembering information and the like, as important as they are. It’s thinking about the ideas in books…

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About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne-based crime writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. Her first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar won the 2004 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. She is a winner of the Scarlet Stiletto Award and has thrice been shortlisted for Ned Kelly awards. Her third novel, The Dying Beach, was also shortlisted for the 2014 Davitt Award. Angela teaches writing and is currently studying for her PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University.
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3 Responses to I’d Like to Know What You’ve Learned*

  1. Thank you, Angela 🙂 – That means a lot to me.


  2. kathy d. says:

    It’s a great piece, true, as is the blog that it is excerpted from. Since I was an avid child reader, I give friends’ and neighbors’ children books and enjoy seeing photos of them looking at or reading them. The comments on COAMN from parents whose children and grandchildren love to read are wonderful, including yours about your then 2 1/2-year-old daughter.
    What a joy for a child to discover reading and love books.
    And, another thing, not only giving books for charitable reasons, but I’ve given books to my local library to sell so they can buy more books. But, also, the joy of sharing books with friends is equally important. I never think getting one read out of a book is enough, and am glad to share.


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