The brilliant Zoe interviewed me for her blog recently, and you can read the full interview at Bookhi. All of Zoe’s questions were fantastic, but one in particular had me thinking for ages and ages. And ages. And this question was as follows…
“If you had to convince a non-reader to read, what would you say?”
Well. I thought about it for so long that I decided to use it as the basis for a talk I gave last week at King Edward VI Community College in Totnes, Devon, on the day they launched their great Readathon. I asked girls and boys there to answer the question for me, and I absolutely loved every single one of the varied replies they gave. Below, with the kind permission of students and staff, are a few of the answers.
“I would say reading is a magical thing. It’s like you go to a totally new world, you could just relax and take in the atmosphere. No one can tell you what to read, you can find a book that describes you. I never used to like reading and when I got into books, it’s just like all the authors get me.” — by Amelia
“I love books because when my real life maybe isn’t great or I don’t feel happy, I read a book and then I am in the world of the book and can forget about my life for a while.” — by Alisha
“When you start a book, you’re taken into a whole other world. You get swept away on a river of imagination, into a lagoon of different thoughts. Your imagination forms a rule over you, making your mind stretch into different shapes and sizes. When you read, you go into a universe of worlds unlike any other you’ve ever experienced in your life.” — by Olivia
“I would say that a book isn’t just a bunch of words on paper. There is always something behind it. When you read, you discover a whole new world. It just pops out before your eyes. Books are probably one of the greatest things in the world.” — by Dylan
“Books are magical. They can be anything. They are fun to read and you learn so much without even knowing. Books contain the past, present and what you might be in the future. Let your imagination run wild.” — by Owen
“Reading gives you freedom. When you read, it feels like the world is in your hands. You can shape, change and remodel the world, and the best part is that when you finally put the book down, you can return to your life as it is.” — by Magenta
Over to you… Do you agree with the answers above? Is there anything you’d add? I’d love to know!
Girl reading, top left, reproduced under Creative Commons, some rights reserved by murphyeppoon.
Family reading, above centre, reproduced with kind permission, copyright Classroom Free. (And, ahem, I just about detected Split by a Kiss in that pic…!)
Thanks a lot, everyone!