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'How to Raise a Reader' authors to speak Jan. 13 in Seattle



My husband and I are both enthusiastic readers, and we're writers/editors by profession, so naturally we hoped and assumed that our daughter would love books, too.

Imagine our frustration, then, when she resisted our early efforts to teach her to read. She loved books and loved being read to, but figuring out the words herself just didn't hold any allure. She was smart enough to realize that reading would be taught at school, so she just figured she'd wait. Even when a younger cousin began to read fluently, she was unfazed.

She's 11 now, reading enthusiastically and above grade level, so we can look back and laugh at her early apathy. But maybe if we'd had some guidance, we might have had better strategies to try.

The authors of a book on the subject will be in Seattle on Jan. 13 to talk about that.

"How to Raise a Reader" authors Pamela Paul and Maria Russo, both editors at The New York Times Book Review, will be joined by Seattle author Maria Semple of "Where'd You Go, Bernadette" (among other titles and credits) fame at Town Hall Seattle.

They will offer advice for developing rituals around reading, building a family library and finding ways to engage even reluctant readers. They promise to debunk common myths, assuage parental fears, and deliver ways to raise a reader.


Event details: 7 :30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, The Forum at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave. More information and tickets here.


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