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Child Authors Become Devoted Readers


I’m ineffably delighted to be writing this particular post! little-authors-pic1-1-20-13

My parents were not particularly avid readers…

Somehow, I became a voracious reader, though I didn’t become an author until I turned 59.

Yet, that last sentence isn’t true to my deepest feelings; I wrote it from the perspective of other’s perceptions — writers write and authors are published.

So now you know the Truth—I was a little, ravenous reader who was a closet author for most of my life :-)

Then there are those kids in that image up there >>>>> LITTLE AUTHORS: Kindergarteners pen books on thankfulness

They’re from San Benito, Texas, USA — very close to the border with Mexico

Excerpts from the news story:

“Students who are 5 or 6-years-old are normally having books read to them, but educators Bonita Schraut’s and Janie Rodriguez’ kindergarten students have taken reading to the next level by having their own books published.”

““We got a solicitation in our mailbox at school about a company that could make our kids published authors, and my kids are pretty good at telling stories

“’They got a lot of enjoyment’, Schraut said. ‘They learned about how to put together a story, how to draw pictures, who authors are and who illustrators are; I’m really proud of them. I think they did a grand job.’”

“’My grandpa said he liked my picture’, said 5-year-old Lily Rodriguez.”

“Ethan Ruiz, 6, wrote that he is thankful for the school, while Consuelo Banuelos, 5, wrote that she is thankful for Christmas. Six-year-old Jose Garza wrote that he was thankful for the rain, and 5-year-old Emma Aguilar wrote that she was thankful for her puppy.”

“Rodriguez said that since writing the books, the students have shown a keen interest in reading.”

“‘We usually wait until January before we let the kindergarteners check out books because it takes them a little while to learn the sounds of the letters, then put them together to form words’, [said Librarian Blanca Balli]. ‘By January is usually when they’re ready to check out books, so this week they were checking out books for the first time. A lot of them were really excited about it.’”

“Balli said that the students expressed superior knowledge of the publishing process and the roles that authors and illustrators have in the books they love.”

Amazingly fantastic!

I became an avid reader which led me to becoming an author.

These lovely children became authors and ignited their love of reading :-)

And, it’s so easy to help a young child become an author

We may be on to something big here, Folks!!

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4 responses to “Child Authors Become Devoted Readers

  1. Barbara Blackcinder January 21, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Very cool. Are there more companies out there that are willing to make children published authors? I certainly hope there are.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai January 21, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      Plenty, Barb—Amazon, Smashwords, FastPencil, etc., etc. :-)

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  2. Jane Watson January 22, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Wonderful story, just goes to show how allowing a child to be creative and to interact with something is so much more valuable than just telling them what to do…here is another twist on how to make a child into a devoted reader – some children in Australia were given their own Kindle: see what it did to their reading abilities at this link :-)

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    • Alexander M Zoltai January 22, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Jane, Thanks, so much, for sharing that link :-)

      These stats are impressive: “Children increased their weekly reading time by 154 per cent, while reading fluency or speed increased by 51 per cent and reading comprehension scores were up by 43 per cent.”

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