The Reading Promise

My Father and the Books We Shared

By Alice Ozma; Jim Brozina (Foreword by)
(Grand Central Publishing, Hardcover, 9780446583770, 304pp.)

Publication Date: May 1, 2011

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“This charming memoir has the potential to spark a revolution in reading in homes and schools everywhere. Ozma describes growing up with her single father from the unique perspective of the thousands of nights that he spent reading to her from the age of eight until the day she left for college. The value of reading, or more specifically, of being read to, is celebrated not only as an important part of intellectual and creative development, but also as a way to forge and to nurture relationships.”
-- Lisa Stefanacci, The Book Works, Del Mar, CA


Description

When Alice Ozma was in 4th grade, she and her father decided to see if he could read aloud to her for 100 consecutive nights. On the hundreth night, they shared pancakes to celebrate, but it soon became evident that neither wanted to let go of their storytelling ritual. So they decided to continue what they called "The Streak." Alice's father read aloud to her every night without fail until the day she left for college.

Alice approaches her book as a series of vignettes about her relationship with her father and the life lessons learned from the books he read to her.

Books included in the Streak were: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, the Oz books by L. Frank Baum, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, and Shakespeare's plays.




About the Author

Alice Ozma, a recent Rowan University graduate, currently lives in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia, PA. She is passionate about literature, education, and working with children. Find out more about this author by visiting her website: www.makeareadingpromise.com.






NPR
Saturday, Jun 18, 2011

When Alice Ozma was 9 years old, her father made a promise: to read to her every night for 100 nights. But once the pair met their goal, they didn't stop. The Reading Streak lasted 3,218 days รข?? and finally ended on Alice's first day of college. More at NPR.org

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