Would You Rather Lose The Ability To READ Or SPEAK?

Would You Rather Lose The Ability To READ Or SPEAK?

Wow. The responses to this question kind of made me tear up. Some were really heartfelt on the importance of speaking to their children while others were emotional about the power of reading. I could feel the passion and emotion in these comments! What would you choose? Honestly, it is not difficult for me. Reading is my life (if you haven’t noticed) and I worry so much about what I say anyway, giving that up would save me some anxiety.

To read more about the creators, go here. Also, a character edition is at the end. Thanks for reading!


Adrianna Cuevas: From Nestor’s Guide to Unpacking, I would definitely be the abuela because she protects her family, loves to bake pastelitos and sew, and she argues with cats. She’s basically me.

Sarah Floyd: I am answering on behalf of Meghan, the twelve-year-old main character of my debut novel, BUTTERFLY GIRL. Meghan grows up on her grandfather’s Oregon farm where she finds an ancestor’s journal and discovers that there is magic in her bloodline.

M. G. Valasco: In CARDSLINGER, I would choose to act as Atalanta. Although she’s clever, she tends to muscle things out. Devil may care, she says what she means and means what she says, and she’s as tough as a bear and quick on the draw. The treasure hunt with Shuffle (mc) is not about riches; it’s an excuse to have an adventure and a means to connect with a family she desperately wants to be a part of, first with the bounty hunter gang then with Shuffle and his family.

Rajani LaRocca: In MIDSUMMER’S MAYHEM, Mimi Mackson is an 11-year-old who dreams of winning a local baking contest in order to finally prove she’s not the least talented member of her family. I’m answering these questions from her point of view.

Rebecca KS Ansari: In my book, THE MISSING PIECE OF CHARLIE O’REILLY, would play Brona. I can’t say too much, but, as a mom myself, I identify with her the most. I’m too old to play Ana, though she reminds me quite a bit of my younger, more stubborn self!

Tanya Guerrero: Pablo, the main character in my debut, HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE SEA. “Pablo is homesick. He’s only twelve years old, but he’s lived in more countries than he can count. After his parents divorced, he and his mother have moved from place to place for years, never settling anywhere long enough to call it home. And along the way, Pablo has collected more and more fears: of dirt, of germs, and most of all, of the ocean. Now they’re living in the Philippines, and his mother, a zoologist who works at a local wildlife refuge, is too busy saving animals to notice that Pablo might need saving, too. Then his mother takes in Chiqui, an orphaned girl with a cleft lip—and Pablo finds that through being strong for Chiqui, his own fears don’t seem so scary. He might even find the courage to face his biggest fear of all…and learn how to make friends with the sea.”

I did not find it surprising that book characters would all keep reading…did you?

I am a middle school teacher who loves to read. I am part of the ARC-sharing group LitReviewCrew and a creator for the YouTube Channel Legit KidLit.

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