How to Entice Them to Read—and Keep Reading: A Dozen Contemporary Classics for Kids

Led by Leila Christenbury, Ed.D.

Getting kids excited about reading is a critical step toward academic success and life-long learning. Books can stimulate the imagination, inspire and teach in ways very different from other media, and in an age when many kids have videos, games, etc. at their fingertips, it's important to find books that speak to and engage young adults directly. In this session, Leila Christenbury, Ed.D., Commonwealth Professor Emerita, VCU School of Education and expert on young adult literacy, discusses contemporary books with an outstanding track record for getting kids to start reading, including series books, historical fiction, adventure novels, nonfiction and graphic novels.

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Leila Christenbury, Ed.D.