Niagara Gazette


September 27, 2013

In Falls, children's author Alexis O'Neill urges teachers to read in class


Niagara Gazette — Her initial task was to decide whether the book would be fiction or historical fiction. She thought his story would appeal more as historical fiction because, for the most part, it would reflect the real world. "And kids can relate to that," she added.

Regardless what the children prefer, however, the parents' role in encouraging them to read is critical, she said. "Even if it's for 10 minutes a day. With that, the kids begin to get a feeling for different uses of language. You can read a novel to a first grader. Don't worry, they'll get what the story is. They couldn't read it independently but they can listen to it and that's where we pick up the rhythm of language — from hearing it. The way we speak is so truncated, we don't get the beauty of the language." 

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