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Jan 21, 2020

Pamela Paul and Maria Russo want to encourage our children to develop a lifelong love of reading. They presented insight from their book How to Raise a Reader, an illustrated journey offering clear, practical wisdom for instilling a love of literature in our kids. In conversation with author Maria Semple, Paul and Russo presented curated reading lists and inspiring advice for developing rituals around reading, building a family library, or finding ways to engage a reluctant reader. They debunked common myths, assuaged parental fears, and delivered invaluable lessons that are both positive and easy to act on. Listen in as Paul, Russo, and Semple explored new and lively approaches to cultivating a love of reading in younger generations.

Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Times. She is also the host of the weekly podcast The Book Review.

Maria Russo is the children’s books editor of The New York Times Book Review. She has been a writer and editor at The Los Angeles Times, The New York Observer, and Salon.

Maria Semple is the author of the novels Today Will Be Different, This One is Mine, and Where’d You Go, Bernadette. She also wrote for the TV shows 90210, Mad About You, Arrested Development and others.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle. Recorded live in The Forum on January 13, 2020.