Reading has such a stigma about it. That we should only read when it’s the right time, we should read the exact right things to help us in life, and it is not okay to skim or put a book down. This is not true at all with reading! We can accommodate how we read to our own preferences to make the most out of what we are reading. Daniel Pennac created a “Reader’s Bill of Rights” that helps people with the scary thought of reading and things that we can do in reading that is okay and can allow us to enjoy reading more.
One of my favorite parts of the “Reader’s Bill of Rights” is the first 5 rights they he gives us which are, “The right to not read, the right to skip pages, the right to not finish, the right to reread, the right to read anything.” I would have to say that I am not a reluctant reader but I do sometimes pick to do other things in life rather than read. This is something I have been working on diligently as I have continued my years in higher education and I see the absolute need for reading. Reading not only allows us to learn more about things we are interested in but it helps us create better critical thinking skills that can help us in many other things in life. Critical thinking can be helpful for problem solving which occurs very often in life. I now take reading way more serious than I ever have before because I have learned intently about the benefits it can give us.
Moving on to the second portion of Kiera Parrot’s blog, “A (Reluctant) Reader’s Bill of Rights” I thought Parrot did a good job of categorizing the Reader’s Bill of Rights more so it can relate better with a reading or English class. Parrots bill of rights also specified different things from the original “Readers Bill of Rights” that would help students use them in accordance to problems that occur in their personal reading intolerant. In all, I think using one of these examples of a “Reader’s Bill of Rights” or creating my own version would benefit my English classroom. It will show students that reading is what we make it and we should make the most out of the time that we do read!
Kiera Parrott. (2008, September 26). A (Reluctant) Reader’s Bill of Rights – ALSC Blog [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2008/09/a-reluctant-readers-bill-of-rights/