Language and literacy and reading, and reading aloud; this is the most important thing I teach in my preschool class, and my fellow blogger, a college English professor, has it nailed. In his own words regarding books, “they connect us as people”. I’ll bet he reads aloud to his students! It doesn’t matter if it’s preschool or college; growing readers and learning begins with good books. This is not only a testament to reading, but a list of his favorite books. Please read this terrific blog. I wish I had been a fly on the wall at his speech!
I had the good fortune this week of delivering a talk at the Muhlenberg College Board of Associates Meeting on the topic of Great Books. I spoke with the audience for about 20-25 minutes about what I consider to be great books and why they matter. The main argument I made about the importance of books is that they connect us as people. I am an unreserved humanist; I believe that human beings have the power to improve themselves, that education is crucial to develop of an informed society, and that books allow readers to experience the worlds of others.
The audience was one of professionals from many fields but very few English Literature majors; however, their interest in reading and books was heartening for me. They wanted to hear suggestions about what books I would recommend.
In my classes, I sometimes do something I call — Chuck’s recommended readings. …
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