A Reading Miracle

March 02,2009
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Talia Rivera( )

Talia Rivera is a 33-year-old mother of two. As Executive Director of Villages without Walls, she works with high-risk gang members in Boston. [Read more]

My son is in the second grade. His teacher has her students read daily for a maximum of 30 minutes, and complete a writing assignment related to the reading. We’ve tried everything to encourage our son's reading. We purchased books about animals. And books by Roger Hargreaves about Mr. Grumpy and Mr. Messy and Mr. Funny – all fitting for my son’s personality. We even purchased High School Musical chapter books. But my son insists on reading – and writing about – the same book over and over again: I Like Me by Nancy Carlson. So it isn’t a secret in my house that our son doesn’t like reading. But a miracle happened last night. He sat on my bed and began reading The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. He read out loud for almost an hour. He read 51 pages! Hallelujah! I thought to myself that Jeff Kinney is an angel in disguise.