Young Readers: Fan Fiction Gives Familiar Characters A Second Life

By Kitty Felde Ever wonder why networks keep rebooting old TV shows? There’s a special place in our hearts for characters we wish we could spend time with again and again. But what happens when we run out of episodes?  Fan fiction. These are original stories by writers who “borrow” the characters of books, movies, […]

Young Readers: How YouTube Can Put a Book in Your Child’s Hands

By Kitty Felde Remember when parents complained about the amount of TV their kids watched? Now, it’s YouTube. I hear from parents over and over again that their kids aren’t reading, not because they’re distracted by video games or binge-watching Netflix, but because their eyeballs are glued to YouTube videos. Yet, YouTube can also be a valuable […]

Inspiring Reluctant Readers with a SImple Challenge

By Kitty Felde It’s the question that frustrates parents and teachers alike: how do you get a reluctant reader to pick up a book? How does a book compete with video games and Snapchat? This month, we begin a new column in The Southwester: Young Readers.  I’m Kitty Felde, host and executive producer of the […]