This book- Reader Come Home – will be the next professional book I read. I went looking for a review after reading a series of tweets by Heidi Siwak and Matthew Oldridge about Wolf’s book and found this one by Jo Facer who provides a compelling review.
I knew I had to read this book when I heard Doug Lemov endorsing it. Reader, Come Homesells itself as a portrayal of the reading state of the nation. It is really about the state of humanity.
The author points out that the Ancient Greeks were concerned that rising literacy would fundamentally change people’s ability to remember, and that they weren’t wrong: the rise of reading did change the way our brains worked, making memory weaker, and remarkably rapidly. So today, with the rise in digital devices, both the way we read and the way our minds work has shifted. But are we worried about the right things this time? Our fears seem centred around the fact that more children (and adults, truth be told) are not reading… But they are.
In fact, we are reading more than ever before: the author quotes studies that reveal we are reading…
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