Monday, February 9, 2009

Jon Scieszka drops shout-outs like there's no tomorrow

You've gotta hand it to Jon Scieszka, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature: He knows how to spread the love around.

He gave an interview chock-full of recommended reads to the Providence Journal:

Ambassador’s recommendations will encourage children to read

By Kathleen Odean

Jon Scieszka is a man with a mission. Since last January, he’s been the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, appointed by Library of Congress. His mission, as he described it in a telephone interview, “is to go around the country bragging about great books!” He’s also talking to concerned parents and teachers about getting children to read more.

“Find out what your child’s interested in,” he urges parents who wonder why their children don’t like to read. “Let them have some choice. Make sure they read for fun, not just as an assignment.”

... “Parents don’t always recognize funny books or books with pictures as real reading,” laments Scieszka. Yet these are often just the books that get kids excited. Many kids love the Baby Mouse graphic novels by Jennifer Holm, full of comical drawings and tales of a little mouse’s escapades. Along the same lines, Scieszka sees kids psyched about Fashion Kitty and its sequels by Charise Mericle Harper.

Upper elementary and middle schoolers like the series of light-hearted Amelia books by Marissa Moss. Amelia’s now in middle school, where the book’s hand-printed text and engaging pictures show her in Amelia’s Science Fair Disaster, in which Amelia muses on the fact that “science” and “fair” don’t go together. Science is “serious business” while fairs are “where you go on rides, spend a lot of money to win cheap-o prizes, and eat too much fried everything.”

These three popular series may not qualify as the “serious business” that some parents have in mind for their children’s reading, but they are hits, especially among girls, who exchange the newest books with their friends.

Parents: Obey your Ambassador. It's Federal Law. I swear.

1 comment:

The Raving Queen said...


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