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February 1, 2020
Vol. 77
No. 5

Seen on the Screen / Books Are Meant to Be Savored

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      In school, novelist Jacqueline Woodson was "pushed to read faster." But at home, as she describes in her TED Talk "Hidden Power of Slow Reading," she savored books, scanning her finger under each line with slow and deliberate attention. "I learned that the deeper I went into my books, the more time I took with each sentence, the less I heard the noise of the outside world," says Woodson, who is the Library of Congress's National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. She describes how by dialing back our reading pace, we actually amplify the "power of story." Watch at: www.ted.com/talks/jacqueline_woodson_what_reading_slowly_taught_me_about_writing (For more on the value of slow reading, see "The Promise of Slow Reading")

      Sarah McKibben is the editor in chief of Educational Leadership magazine.

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