Young Readers: Why Should Dogs Have All the Fun?      

By Kitty Felde There’s nothing like sharing a book with a friend. Especially if that friend has a tail and a lot of fur. Dogs are non-judgmental. They don’t criticize mispronounced words or sentences that take forever to finish. They just listen. Read-to-dog events have become part of regular programming around the country, including events at both […]

Young Readers: More Binge, Less Complaints

By Kitty Felde “It’s not that kids don’t like to read. It’s that they don’t like feeling like they’re forced to read.” That’s Eric Berman’s mantra.  Berman is Teen Services Coordinator for the Alameda County Library in California. He says the key is getting reluctant readers hooked on something.  Anything works, he says – comic books, graphic […]

Young Readers: Facts To Sway Reluctant Fiction Readers

By Kitty Felde They say there are two kinds of people in the world: those who read fiction and those who read non-fiction.  Fiction fans argue that stories improve a person’s capacity to understand and mentally react to other individuals and social situations.  Non-fiction aficionados argue that fact-filled books help kids develop critical thinking skills […]

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, […]