That’s Not a Real Book: In defense of non-traditional reading by Amy Gibson

Nerdy Book Club

“How do you ever find time to read all those books?”

”Well, I listen to audiobooks during my commute…”

“Oh. That’s not really reading.”

I find myself having this conversation more and more these days. What counts as real reading? Is listening to an audiobook the same as reading the book? Is a graphic novel “rigorous” text? Should students be “allowed” to engage with these types of texts for classroom purposes?

I answer yes wholeheartedly to all of the above questions, and this is why.

Audiobooks

During my commute which is about thirty minutes each way to school, I live on audiobooks. Often, I am still listening as I walk into the classroom each day leaving people I passed in the hallway wondering why my pants are talking. Audiobooks are not just a way for students to shirk reading assignments. They offer both students and adults an opportunity to access…

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3 thoughts on “That’s Not a Real Book: In defense of non-traditional reading by Amy Gibson

  1. That is a very interesting question and perhaps, if Helen Keller was still among us, I am sure she would answer it, forthwith. She, of course, did brail, a different kind of reading, people who are blind or deaf or both, learn differently to read, a different kind of reading, but still reading. Reading means to engage in a story lived in someone’s imagination or in real life. People who are blind love the ability to listen, and love audio books-a godsend to them. People who are deaf read books and have sign language. Whatever way someone reads, doesn’t matter, what does matter is that there is joy in the communication of stories that open up the window to the world that reading brings, to one and all, no matter how it happens.

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