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A Lit Wish From Holly Kent and the National Reading Campaign

For the second year in row, we’ve been spending the holiday season making Lit Wish Lists—lists of books we want to give, books we want to get, books to read or reread. And all this thinking about Lit Wish Lists got us pondering the nature of the Lit Wish; what exactly might one of these look like? So we went exploring to find out, and came up with three excellent Lit Wishes worthy of coming true in 2014. First up is one by Holly Kent, Community Manager of the National Reading Campaign


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My Lit Wishes for 2014?

I’d like every person on earth to be literate—highly literate. I’d like books and other reading materials to be accessible, affordable, and widely purchased all over the world, outselling all other media. I’d like Alice Munro to be required reading for all human beings. I’d like all students to have fifth-grade teachers like Mr. Bromley and for their reading habits to be changed forever when he hands you a copy of The Giver, like mine were. I’d like all minds to be blown in the 11th grade when Ms. Tarawana recommends The Handmaid’s Tale. (What is it about dystopian novels that change lives?) I’d like everyone to be raised by passionate readers, to audit at least one long, rambling, passionate English class taught by Professor Michael …

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