4. The right to read it again
When our children are young we read the same book to them, again and again.
I read The Little Yellow Digger every single day for probably five years. I still know it off by heart. Then there are the other favourites; Hairy McClary, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and The Gruffalo. Just writing the titles down brings back a universe of happy memories and some of me hiding the books so that I didn’t have to read them every single day.
I feel that way about Wuthering Heights – much to the students dismay. I can hear then muttering, “Really? – yuck.” They only know that I read it most years because many boys do ask me what my favourite novel is. I also read Frankenstein every year, and not just because I teach it to my Year 12 class. I ‘love’ both of these novels and every time I delve back inside, it is like revisiting the best holiday destination. I discover new details, have different revelations, favour a new character and simply enjoy the old ones – all over again.
College boys love rereading the Cherub series by Robert Muchamore. A close second is the Alex Rider series or anything by Anthony Horowitz. In third place is Darren Shan. They read a lot of other books, I know because we have over 10,000 and they regularly go out the doors of the library. But the ones listed above have some magical formula which means that, reading it once is just not enough. These books fit the rights of the reader -no.4 –
The right to read it again!
And why not?