This is one of my favorite quotes about the importance of reading by Tomie dePaola, and I grew up believing that it was true. It's probably one of the reasons that I was drawn to study literature in college, and why I teach English Language Arts now.
As a young girl I remember going to Kragen Auto Parts with my mom to pick up a book on Camaro carburetors, along with an assortment of unfathomable doodads and thingys. That weekend, head bent over the book, parts strewn across the dining table, she rebuilt the whole thing, put it back in her pretty powder blue car, and took my sister and I to school Monday morning. A book taught her how to do that. Because she could read, she could fix her car. My mommy was amazing! I became even more convinced that, apart from the princesses, dragons, and magic wardrobes that lived on my bookshelves, other books held magic that I couldn't even conceive of.
When I shared the dePaola quote with my students a few days ago, and told them that if they can read well, they can teach themselves anything, I was challenged: Why would people learn anything these days by reading? Isn't a Youtube video easier?
So I need your help: What have you taught yourself to do by reading?
We'll be following along, and hopefully be inspired to find new ideas to open our minds.
Thanks! Ms. J