Literacy Resolution #4: Read More MG/YA

Happy New Year!  I have decided that I’m going to do my best to make 2011 my best year yet, personally and professionally.  I don’t typically make New Year’s Resolutions, but in the spirit of this New Year, I have decided to make some literacy resolutions.  I will share these resolutions with you over the course of the next month.

Resolution #4 Read More MG/YA

In my last resolution, I stated that I wanted to read outside of my comfort zone more which currently consists of picture books, professional books, and adult books.  Middle grade and young adult books don’t currently make the list.  This is not to say that they have completely fallen outside of my comfort zone, but simply that my environment has influenced my reading over the last eight years and children under the age of 8 don’t typically read middle grade and young adult books.  And so, they have fallen by the wayside in my personal reading repertoire.

However, my son is moving into third grade, his reading level has increased and his interest in books is varied. So it’s time for me to begin to put middle grade and young adult books back into my reading repertoire.  I’ve never stopped loving middle grade and young adult literature, I just got sidetracked.  And honestly, I find that kid lit is much more fun to read than adult literature.

Jen Robinson of Jen Robinson’s Book Page, listed ten reasons why you should read children’s books as an adult, back in 2005.  I believe her beliefs hold true today, including her first and last reason – it’s fun!

So, I resolve to add more middle grade and young adult literature to my reading list this year.  I want to be aware of what my child may be reading as well as to get back to why I enjoy reading anyway – because it’s fun!

Will you join me?  What are some literacy resolutions you have made this year?

©2011 by Dawn Little for Literacy Toolbox. All Rights Reserved.  All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.


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3 Responses to “Literacy Resolution #4: Read More MG/YA”

  1. Terry Doherty Says:

    I’m actually carrying over one of last year’s resolutions: read more middle grade nonfiction. The new ALA Awards seems to be a good place for kick-starting it. Let’s cheer each other on!

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