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Book Club for Kids is a podcast where middle school readers discuss the books they love with host Kitty Felde. The author answers questions. A celebrity reads from the book.

Tips for Reluctant Readers

Tip #18: Writing = Better Readers

Kitty Felde

Readers from Chicago's Carter G. Woodson Charter School

Readers from Chicago's Carter G. Woodson Charter School

We talk a lot about the link between writing and reading. Good readers make better writers. But writing also makes better readers.

The challenge? Writing is hard. And scary.

We have a few suggestions from the professionals about getting started.

  • Try something familiar. Write an "old school" letter. Or send an email.PBSKids has a simple "how to" guide.
  • Remind kids that every writer faces the terror of a blank page. And survives. Writer Sally Kerrigan has a terrific blog post. She says thinking is key.
  • Esther Goldenberg is the author of "Hypatia Academy," the book we're tackling on the newest Book Club for Kids podcast. She says everybody tells you to write "what you know." And we all "know a lot of things." For example, Esther knew how to memorize the digits of pi. So she put it in her book. She says kids know lots of things - things they may not think are at all important, but that would be fascinating to anyone else. "Pick one particular day or one particular incident," she says, "and start from there."

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