Kyle: How has reading helped you throughout your life?

Chris Grabenstein: Well, first there are instruction manuals. If I couldn't read, I couldn't do anything. I wouldn't even know how to make microwave popcorn. Books have also helped me conquer boredom -- on long airplane rides or family car trips. If I couldn't read, I couldn't write. So, I wouldn't have my career. Or my old job writing advertising. Basically, without reading, I'd be broke, bored, and unable to pop popcorn.

Kyle: How do you think the issue of males being less proficient in reading than females can be solved?

Chris Grabenstein: By giving guys books they might actually enjoy reading. Not mushy vampire or pony stuff. Guy books. One terrific way to find fun books to read is a web site called Read Kiddo Read. All the books listed there are ones that people actually ENJOY reading -- not broccoli books (aka books that are supposed to be "good" for you.

Kyle: What was your favorite book as a child? Now?

Chris Grabenstein: When I was 12, I read a lot of Mad Books by the "usual gang of idiots" at Mad magazine. Now, my favorite books are BUD, NOT BUDDY and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.

Kyle: Why do you believe that it is important to develop and maintain a passion for reading throughout your life?

Chris Grabenstein: So you can keep going places you've never been -- in your imagination. You can also learn a lot about how to live, watching characters in fictional books.


Kyle: How do you determine whether or not to read a book?

Chris Grabenstein: I can tell whether I will like a book in the first two or three pages. If it doesn't grab me, I put it down and move on to something else. At my age, life is too short for weak coffee or bad books.


The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander  


New Kid by Jerry Craft 

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