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Why I Read YA

If you were to see me, an adult woman, in an airport or lounging on my couch, reading a teen lit novel, you might roll your eyes and think I have been seduced by the latest teen media craze. But I don’t care what you think, I have my own reasons. 

The Evolution of my Classroom Read Aloud

While waiting to disembark for my honeymoon my phone rang and I was offered a position within my school district as a reading teacher. Best. Wedding. Present. Ever. I spent the next week basking in the Mexican sun in a state of euphoric newlywed, newly hired, bliss. For many hours that week I lay by the water reading. True to my inner dork, I was reading middle grade lit. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, to be precise. Oh how I fell in love with the book about loving books. Who hasn’t wished to slip between the pages of their favorite novel and live in a fantastic world full of adventure? I couldn’t put this book down and I couldn’t wait to share it with my students. Conveniently, it was August and I wouldn’t have to wait long. 

Coulee Parenting Connection (Magazine)

Parents: How to Help Your Child Write a Paper, Without Accidentally Doing It For Them