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Okay, I can go on and on and on…and on and on and on (you get my idea) about how much I love reading. Seriously! But I can’t make others like to read just because I do…here is some fun facts about reading anyways!
Fun Facts about Reading:
- Children learn 4,000 to 12,000 new words each year due to reading.
- President John F. Kennedy was a proponent in speed reading.
- Thomas Edison could simultaneously read 2-3 lines, memorizing the text of the whole pages due to maximum concentration.
- Napoleon read at a speed of two thousand words per minute!
- Honore de Balzac read a 200 page novel in half and hour.
- Our eyes act more like ears when we read.
- 98% of reading is an auditory/listening task. Only 2% of reading is visual.
- Reading is an active mental process, unlike TV. You actually have to think when you read, thus you become smarter!
- Improves memory
- and, the book is ALWAYS better than the movie…
Really cool facts, huh?
I still can’t get over how fast Napoleon read.
5 Books for boys, ages 9-12:
- My Side of the Mountain
This book has been one of my family’s favorites for years! This young boy decides to go live off his grandfather’s old land and learns to live off the land. He makes his own traps, learns how to build a fire with flint and stone, takes a peregrine falcon chick to raise as a hunter, tunnels a hole in a tree, and makes friends with the animals. Really great book! It teaches so much and is still a very interesting and captivating read.
- Teddy’s Buttons
This is a Lamplighter book. A classic, which was written in 1896. The vocabulary and moral of the story is so rich for both children and adult alike. Boastful Teddy, makes enemies with a new girl and town, because of his historical and important button. With his pride, God decides to use this opportunity to teach Teddy a lesson and gives him the choice of joining God’s Army and fighting his enemy…HIS SELF!
- The Boxcar Children
I am pretty sure everyone knows of this series…it is just that good! The books are wholesome, full of mystery, and the love of family. I read these all the time when I was little and finished the whole series in no time, but have reread them a couple of times. These books are high on my recommendation list…
- Where the Red Fern Grows
Classics…nothing says good literature than these old books. The written is full of value, good vocabulary, and good educational information. When a boy wants a dog, he learns to meet God halfway to get them, and learns to do men’s work.
- Stuart’s Run to Faith
This is a great little chapter book. It isn’t easy, but it isn’t hard either. The story of a young boy, who is struggling to find the Truth, but decides in the end to run for his new-found faith.
Does your boy(s) like to read?
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