Reading Aloud the Classics

The National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C., has published its first themed list of 15 classic books for young readers at different grade levels.

This year’s theme is “courage.” NEH selected books “that will help young readers explore the meaning of courage and our nation’s culture and history.” In addition, this year NEH updated its list of 300 classic books for young readers, with the expertise of the American Library Association. Worthington Direct carries all of your book storage and display needs in addition to, comfortable group seating for young readers. www.worthingtondirect.com

That list includes such enduring authors as Beatrix Potter, A.A. Milne, Maurice Sendak, Rudyard Kipling, C.S. Lewis, Maya Angelou, Thornton Wilder, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Carl Sandburg, Leo Tolstoy, John Updike and Herman Wouk. How do parents get their children to read the classics? The same way they encourage their children to read, says Barbara W. Rooks, Hillsborough County schools supervisor of library media services, kindergarten through fifth grades. (continue reading)

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