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Readathons

My son’s school is holding its annual Lecturothon today, where every student in the school has to read for five straight hours (I’m guessing there are breaks). They use it to raise money  and to make a statement about the value of sustained reading. He brings a sleeping bag, a stuffed animal, a pillow, and as many books as his backpack can fit.

This year he is in second grade and he borrowed an older friend’s series called “Passepeur” — they’re like those choose-your-own-adventures of my day, but much cooler (and much more gruesome). I’ve never seen something non-electronic that has grabbed his attention like that (except of course his hockey-book of stickers). The combination of adventure, choice, and searching through the book was just what he was looking for. There is something very active about it that obviously connects more with his brain right now than the more passive reading of a straight story. Like all parents, my first question was, is the “passepeur” a passport to more video games or to reading more generally? Parents with older kids tell me it’s the latter, so I’m psyched that he’s found something bibliographic that really engrosses his attention. It’s a nice reminder that reading is very much about chance, surprise, and quest.

And then I found this in my own reading today, from Rousseau: “It is from my earliest reading that I date the unbroken consciousness of my own existence.” Go lecturothon.