Okay, so then I had to look up this organization.
And then I fell madly in love.
Literature-based intervention works. They cite many studies and research that support the reality of the benefits of communal reading. It improves literacy. It improves memory. It fosters mental health. its boosts self-esteem. It connects people. The list goes on and on.
|Boyce visits Year 6 pupils at St. Benedict's in Netherton|
When Boyce was asked if he would write a story to be part of The Reader Organisation's Our Read Initiative in 2011, he waived his commission and wholeheartedly jumped at the offer: "The whole point of writing for me is to share the stories that are in my head. And nothing makes me happier than hearing that a parent has shared one of my books with their children, or their friends or their work-mates. So the opportunity The Reader Organisation has given me here to share an idea with my whole city---and my whole city with the whole world---is the biggest thrill ride I can possibly imagine."
You know, when I imagine the Landscape of Reading I see a room with a comfy chair, a soft light, maybe the steam from a mug of tea, and one person entwined with a book. But now, imagine a different landscape... a room with a long table, chairs with cushions, pillows on the floor, and kids in every corner, one to a book, two to a book, together...the possibilities are vast.