Learning to read is learning how to live – from DRUM

LGetting your children to read does far more than improve their test results – it also teaches them invaluable life lessons about morality and empathy, writes Kevin Donnelly.

An Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development report titled Let’s Read Them A Story analyses the test results for 15-year-old students in literacy across 65 countries and argues, “Students show a better ability to read and learn when their parents are involved in their education and when parents themselves value reading.”

The report also argues, “Parental involvement when children are entering primary school is strongly associated with reading performance and even more with instilling a sense of enjoyment of reading in children.”

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1st Wednesday Book Group

For the first meeting of the year, the 1st Wednesday Group discussed ‘Silence of the Grave’ by Arnaldur Indriason.

silence of the graveAbout the Author

Arnaldur Indriðason was born in Reykjavík January 28, 1961 and writes crime fiction. He is the son of writer Indriði G. Þorsteinsson. Arnaldur graduated with a degree in history from the University of Iceland in 1996. Arnaldur’s first published book, Sons of Dust (Synir duftsins) in 1997, is the first in the Detective Erlendur series. Arnaldur’s books have been published in twenty-six countries and have been translated into Russian, Polish, German, Greek, Danish, Catalan, English, Italian, Czech, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Chinese, Croatian, Romanian and French. He won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award in 2005 for the novel Silence of the Grave. Arnaldur lives in Reykjavík with his wife and three children. (Bowker Author Biography)

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