On April 5, 2014 I was able to participate in the North Carolina Literary Festival, hosted by North Carolina State University. This event was exceptionally special this year because the festival only comes to NCSU every 10 years – and this year I was able to participate through the College of Education!
Through one of my classes, we interviewed children and some adults at the Festival about why they love to read. Answers varied and surprised me because listening to 9 year olds discuss their love for books is an amazing experience. The participants answered multiple questions including their favorite book, favorite author, how reading has affected their lives and how their love of reading has changed throughout their lives.
Listening to people discuss what books they love and why has truly motivated me to read more and inspire me for my future as an educator. It is amazing how much reading can influence someone’s life and it was truly an amazing experience to listen and assist with this interview process. Listening to R.L. Stine joke about his Goosebumps series was enjoyable and filled with laughter, but having two children discuss why they love the Goosebumps series was far superior.
Written by Katelin Dunning
If you would like to learn more about the North Carolina Literary Festival, please visit this website: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/literaryfestival/