“I read because one life isn't enough, and in the page of a book I can be anybody;
― Richard Peck,
I read because the words that build the story become mine, to build my life;
I read not for happy endings but for new beginnings; I'm just beginning myself, and I wouldn't mind a map;
I read because I have friends who don't, and young though they are, they're beginning to run out of material;
I read because every journey begins at the library, and it's time for me to start packing;
I read because one of these days I'm going to get out of this town, and I'm going to go everywhere and meet everybody, and I want to be ready.”
You can also read the essay "Why I am a Writer" by Pat Mora in the "Autobiographies" W and M unit. Then have them answer her by telling why they are readers.
I love to hang these in the hall around conference time as the parents LOVE seeing them and other teachers always comment on what the kids write.
I have also invited other teachers to include their essays.