Jacqueline Woodson on the Joys of Reading Slowly

September 16, 2019

We’ve all been guilty of speed reading an article or skimming through headlines, and author Jacqueline Woodson is calling for us to slow down our reading. In a TED talk dedicated to taking the time to appreciate stories, she extols the virtues of slow reading. “Remember that story, regardless of the format, has always taken us to places we never thought we’d go, introduced us to people we never thought we’d meet and shown us worlds that we might have missed,” she says. “So as technology keeps moving faster and faster, I am good with something slower. My finger beneath the words has led me to a life of writing books for people of all ages, books meant to be read slowly, to be savored.”

Image credit: Woodson at the 2018 U.S. National Book Festival, Fuzheado

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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