A Reading Life: {Guest Post} Kari Crouch on Reading (Very) Old Books

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Kari Crouch has been an avid reader ever since she realized that the squiggly marks on the paper represented words. She has since worked with kindergarteners through 6th graders, hoping they too will see how magical books can be.


There is nothing quite like the thrill of reading. Not being very genre-picky, I’ll read most anything once, but a category I always return to is ‘old stuff.’ By ‘old stuff’, I’m really talking about anything that pre-dates the year 1700. There are a few reasons for this, but the main reason is that I taught elementary schoolers for ten years, and I needed my books to keep me fully-planted in reality.

Reading medieval literature can force you to ask some important questions, without the comfort of familiar surroundings. Like Beth, I was not a quick learner when it came to reading, so it wasn’t until I got to high school…

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