Words matter. These are the best Jon Scieszka Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
I’m just trying to get kids motivated to be readers by connecting them with a book they like.
I was born full grown in the middle of a hurricane and an earthquake on 10 September 1954, 12.52 P.M. When I found out that I had missed lunch, I gave such a shout that the Earth stopped and spun backwards two days. That’s why I celebrate my birthday on 8 September.
People say, ‘All my son will read is ‘Captain Underpants,’ or ‘My son is crazy about shark books, is that O.K.?’ I want to be the person to say, ‘Yeah, that’s really O.K., as long as he’s motivated to want to read.’
There are six ‘Time Warp Trio’ books that would take a page each to fully praise. And I just thought up twelve more while I was typing this sentence.
I believe that all blogs should have at least one set of rhyming words. Just because. Does. Fuzz. Was.
Avoid demonizing television, computer games, and new technologies. Electronic media may compete for kids’ attention, but we’re not going to get kids reading by badmouthing other entertainment. Admit that TV and games can do things books can’t.
I think every parent knows that, like, boys and girls are different. And we just don’t take that into account in schools on those things like required reading lists. ‘Cause that was my experience, say, with my son, who had to read ‘Little House on the Prairie’ when he was in third grade.
I like to tell kids that I started thinking about stories when I first started reading stuff like Dr. Seuss and ‘Go, Dog. Go!,’ thinking, ‘Oh yeah, that’s funny. I’d like to do that.’ And then writing throughout school, but at the same time I was studying pre-med stuff, because my mom told me I should be a doctor.
I am honored to have served as our great nation’s first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. I will continue to serve as Ambassador Emeritus. And I will make good on my Ambassadorial promise to my wife to stop playing the ‘Fanfare’ every time I walk into or out of a room.
My platform has been to reach reluctant readers. And one of the best ways I found to motivate them is to connect them with reading that interests them, to expand the definition of reading to include humor, science fiction/fantasy, nonfiction, graphic novels, wordless books, audio books and comic books.
For a lot of kids, reading is not magical. It’s really hard work.
If the day gets really bad, I can always pull out fan mail. Who else gets mail where kids write to you and say, ‘Dear Mr. Scieszka, we were supposed to write to our favorite author, but Roald Dahl is dead. So I’m writing to you.’
I always loved strange stories like the Dr. Seuss stuff. ‘Go, Dog. Go!’ was one of my favorite stories – it still is. It’s just such a bizarre yet true book. And I did well reading and writing as a kid throughout school. I think early on that’s what made me realize what an advantage that is.