Literacy and Me

Recently, upon reading Deb Nance’s “Readerbuzz,” or her Goodreads reviews, I came across a reminder of a book I’d read some time ago, and like Debbie, it had resonated with me strongly. The book is Ann Hood’s Morningstar, which describes her life-long relationship with books. The passage which follows is Hood’s take on reading:

“This is why we all read, isn’t it? To know the world and ourselves better. To find our place in that world. Even if you did have access to readers and guidance on what to read, even if you grew up in a family that loved to read and owned shelves of books, still, still, one day a book falls into your hands–perhaps it’s Beloved, or A Wrinkle in Time, or A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; perhaps it’s Great Expectations or Pride and Prejudice–whatever book it is, it falls into your hands at just the…

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Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


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