Tuesday, September 19, 2006

J.K. Rowling's Positive Influence on Children

In a special tribute to some very special people,
Child.com has published a list of those who have forever left an imprint on the lives of children across the world, be it in the fields of education, entertainment, sports, medicine or a variety of other fields.

Prominent on this list at number 5 is our favorite author, J. K. Rowling, and here is what Child.com had to say about her:

Before J.K. Rowling's bespectacled boy wizard went off to study at Hogwarts, some parents feared their kids would never enjoy reading. Once Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone hit U.S. bookstores in 1998, followed by five more installments, parents found their kids couldn't get enough of Rowling's fantasy adventure novels, some longer than 600 pages. To date more than 300 million Harry Potter books have sold worldwide; they crowded The New York Times bestseller list for so long that the newspaper created a separate children's list. "The Harry Potter books not only sparked an explosion of interest in reading," says Lisa Von Drasek, the children's librarian at the Bank Street College of Education in New York City, "they inspired kids to go out and discover other great books too."

Bravo, Ms. Rowling... and thank you!

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