Why I still read aloud to my tween and teen

By Amy Joyce for The Washington Post

It was Month 2,437 of the pandemic, and the eighth-grade boy in our house just couldn’t fathom finding anything interesting about the book he had to read for English class: “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

“We’ll read it on PDFs in class,” he said. “There’s an abridged version,” he shrugged.

Well, when your mom is, oh, me, there’s no skipping the real thing. I tried not to sound excited when I proposed we get a fresh copy of this book I hadn’t read in ages and read it out loud. Together.

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My two boys, 13 and 11, have spent their lives from utero onward listening to me read books to them. I was sure that if I raised them around books, if they saw me reading as much as I do, if I left books I thought they’d find interesting lying about, that they, too, would be readers like I was. That is, after all, the advice from librarians, reading specialists and authors, when they are asked how to encourage reluctant readers. Added to that, these boys have parents who are editors and writers. Scrabble on Saturday night! The New York Times Spelling Bee! Crossword puzzles! They’d surely get lost in a world made of words.

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