Recently, Odle Middle School announced a book fair, taking place from Monday, June 12 to Friday, June 16 in the Odle Library
According to the Odle website, the “Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that provides the books our students want to read. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps young people discover who they are.”
Many Odle LA teachers have begun creating wishlists for their class, allowing students to list books they would like to purchase
The BSD has followed a tradition of a book fair and encouraging students to read, especially in elementary school, where teachers still require students to read 20 minutes a day.
According to a study by Emory University in the U.S., “reading a good book may cause heightened connectivity in the brain and neurological changes that persist in a similar way to muscle memory…”
Over 19 days, 21 students read Pompeii, by Robert Harris. Each morning, the students had fMRI scans, and when the book was finished, scanning was continued for five days. The beneficial neurological changes in the brain continued for the five days, demonstrating that reading a book creates a lasting influence on the brain.
Odle’s Book Fair seems to be a positive event for students, and as the usage of technology grows, many students have been abandoning books for video games and movies. What do you think? Are movies better than books, or vice versa? Please comment below.