UPDATED June 14th, 2018
International Book Day is on April 23

The other day in a Spanish class I teach, my middle school students were researching countries. They had each chosen a different Latin American country and had to write a two-page report on it. I gave them a class period to work on research. One of my students told me he could not do research during class because he did not bring his laptop. I walked to the Media Center (what until recently was called a library) and picked out the encyclopedia volume for the letter D, since he was researching the Dominican Republic.

When I handed him the book, he said, “What’s this?”

3 replies
  1. Dali Rivera
    Dali Rivera says:

    I love this story. It is so true, kids today have become so dependent on technology and it’s a shame that we have to work harder at introducing them to real books rather than ebooks (not that they are not good). But there is something different about turning a page of a book and being able to soak it all in. It’s a whole other experience that somehow, in my opinion allows us to absorb the information better and inspires us to continue turning the page. I think that for a child, being able to see how many pages they have read boosts their self-esteem as well. It’s a psychological experience and it’s a confirmation that they are able to read a lot more than they expected. Great article. Thank you!

  2. Natalie
    Natalie says:

    Thank you! You just echoed my sentiments exactly. I am also a teacher of Year 7&8 students in New Zealand, and am finding that less and less reading of books is happening. Last year I attended a wonderful workshop that inspired me, based on a book called The Book Whisperer. (right at the moment the author’s name escapes me). Through this book, I have begun to change the opinions of many of my students, particularly when I took the time to find their passions and hand picked titles for them to read. This year I have set my students a 40 book challenge to read by the end of the year, and they are more than raising to the challenge. Now I am working on inspiring my colleagues to do the same…

    • Dali Rivera
      Dali Rivera says:

      That’s wonderful Natalie! I love those types of challenges. My daughters are competitive and find these types of goals very inviting. They give kids a sense of confidence when they finish their reading goals and they end up loving to read. Best of luck to you. I hope your colleagues follow your example.


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