Saturday, April 2, 2011

Youth - What Are They Reading

Adults fell on E-readers like people diving on the last cake at a bake sale. And teens are following the trend.

Who would have imagined it, kids with their feet up, Kindle in hand?

I wanted to read so bad that as a 5 year old, I looked at the illustrated version of The Black Stallion by Walter Farley and made up my own story. In first grade, (no kindergarten where I lived) when the strange shapes on the pages began to make sense, reading became my world.

Robert Heinlein’s Have Spacesuit, Will Travel enticed me to enter the realm of Sci-fi. After reading The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key, there was no turning back.


  1. What a cool idea! Glad I caught this on day 2 and didn't have to back-track too far.


  2. I too spent my youth in the library with many books in hand. My children were the same way, though my 18 yo now had a color nook he has downloaded books on and my 14 yo is downloading books on his itouch. Only my daughter has paper only - though she looks at my Kindle longingly. We read from both. What are you reading now?

  3. Cute idea to go in reverse, but remember - the Challenge is A to Z. Hate to think someone sees your post and doesn't realize you are indeed participating.

  4. It is strange to think of kids reading on devices but I was the same way when I was little...I wanted to read anything I could get my hands on. When I see picture books on the IPad, I am often disturbed by it. But then, I think, it's just one more way for a kid to get their hands on a book and read. And that's exciting.

  5. Avid readers become writers. Can't imagine a writer who doesn't like to read.

  6. Stephen King wrote : If you don't have time to read, then you don't have time to be a writer. William Faulkner wrote : Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it.
    Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it.
    Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window."

    Seems like fun advice if nothing else, rigtht?

  7. My sister (13) is a really good reader. She can read a paperback in an hour. So, it would be really practical and cost-friendly if she would read on a kindle or ipod. But the only thing she reads on her ipod are Archie Comics =P Maybe eventually...

  8. Great job with the Y! Hmm. The thing that makes me a little sad and nostalgic is not so much WHAT they're reading, but how. I'm such a sentimentalist, and I don't want these kiddos to miss out on the experience of a good book. I'm talking the sensorial experience: smell of paper and ink, the crisp rattle as you turn a page, the book weighted on your lap or in your palms. Can't get that w/a Kindle. Not saying i'm against it! Just hope they still pick up a real book from time to time. ;-)

  9. Love your style! I wish I had thought about doing things backwards. Would fit right in with everything else in my life.

    Popping in by way of the A-Z Challenge. I’m blogging at:

  10. I have two young nephews who love to read so much they both read above their level. There are so many more distractions now for kids than there were in my youth that it is more common to read less.

    Seeing that kids embrace reading on kindle is better than no reading at all!

  11. I'd considered going backwards, but I chickened out. :)

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  12. Ooo...I love this post and your positive energy!

    Ellie Garratt


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