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Tips for Creating Lifelong Readers

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Tip #46: Turning Gamers Into Readers

Kitty Felde

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One of my nephews is attending college on a gaming scholarship. Logan is a darned good "League of Legends" player and was recruited from Southern California to play for Robert Morris University in Chicago. RMU isn't the only college offering cash for gaming skills. My alma mater UC Irvine became the first public university to support eSports.

That news doesn't help parents or teachers who want their kids to be as passionate about books as they are about gaming.

Anna Bolognani, school librarian at Twin Valley Middle High School in Whitingham, Vermont, says she uses that passion to her advantage. Anna says gaming is all about the action and adventure. Her school library is chock full of exciting books that practically jump off the shelves. She just needs to connect gamers to the right book.

She starts by asking students about their favorite game. Minecraft is particularly popular among Vermont kids and there are lots of books devoted to the game.

For other games, Anna says she reaches for books full of "fast-paced action-adventure. And not that many pages." She says many graphic novels often "fit the bill." When a student names a game she's not familiar with, Anna says, "tell me more!" 

And if that fails? Research published in Current Biology shows that playing action video games for just 12 hours "drastically improves" the reading abilities of kids with dyslexia. And there's always hope for that gaming scholarship...

Thanks for the tip, Anna!