Reading Roots: Amy from Amy Reads
blogger interviews , interviews / June 15, 2010

In my job as a high school teacher, I spend a lot of time thinking about how few teenagers I see reading for pleasure. On the surface, this deeply saddens me, since I always found such enjoyment in reading when I was younger. Beyond that, though, is something even more sobering – I wonder how the reading habits of this generation are going to affect their literacy levels and success later on in life. It fascinates me to investigate the factors that make a child into “a reader” instead of turning them away from books once they are no longer forced to read for school. I’ve often wondered if we can use these factors to our advantage in encouraging kids to be readers. It was these thoughts that brought me to deciding to start this (new) weekly feature, called Reading Roots. I’ve decided to interview a variety of book bloggers about their early reading influences and experiences, and share their answers so that we can all catch a glimpse of the “roots” that each person has built upon in forming their identity as “a reader”. Today, I’m kicking off the series by interviewing Amy from Amy Reads. She writes one…