Writers work so hard to find just the right words. Often, those words spill off the page into readers’ hands and, sometimes, into our hearts. They capture our feelings, stir our desires, push us in new directions, give us reason to pause and consider, and inspire us to keep going.
When we find words that stick, we pull them out of a great story and take them with us on our own journey. We pin quotes to inspiration boards. Or tuck scribbled pieces of paper into a planner or journal. We reread those words when we need to hear the beauty of language or see a reminder of perspective. Some words become a part of who we are or who we want to become.
Do you have a favorite line or passage from a book that has struck a chord with your heart? What language, dialogue, or perspective has inspired you? We asked our readers to share favorite book quotes for this month’s Readers Write.
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang challenges readers to “read without walls.” He says: “Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you, about a topic you don’t know much about, or in a format you don’t normally read such as a graphic novel or a book in verse.” Gene’s challenge is a great way for readers of all ages to explore the world and expand perspective. To help you meet Gene’s challenge and find your next great book, in this month’s Readers Write we talked with Books Make a Difference book lovers about their experience reading books outside their comfort zones. […]
High schooler Adison hated reading and hardly ever read anything in school, even if it was required. Everything changed, however, when she read a book recommended by a friend.
Teacher Kelly Gallagher suggests that choice has a lot to do with turning “fake readers” into book lovers.
In this Readers Write, we asked teens what book they would like to read and study in English class. They gave us more than a list of books, speaking out about the importance of peer recommendations and their desire for relevant, interactive discussions. […]