Why read? For entertainment, to learn about yourself, the world, to laugh, to cry, to share...
And that is just what Greenwich, CT is doing..the whole town! My Name is Sangoel was chosen this year along with Americanah by Chimamande Ngozi Adiche for adults and Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate for mid-grades for the town read.
The National Center for Education Statistics reported that in 2014 more Latino, African American and Asian children were enrolled in US Public schools than non-Hispanic White children.
Indeed in one of the 5 schools I visited, there are children from 60 countries and they speak over 30 languages.
Shouldn't we be raising children ready for a future in a diverse world who can succeed in diverse communities and schools? That is a question for the grandmother from that earlier author visit. a question for all of us.
Greenwich, Connecticut gets it and the students there get it.
They read they discuss, the learn. They have fun!