Taylor Swift wants you to read
Who says kids don't read? Not Taylor Swift.
The superstar made a stop on her tour promoting her new album. She wanted to share her passion for reading and writing. She met with some New York City public school kids and 100 more on computer screens via Skype.
Swift, whose "1989" may debut at No. 1 this week, is a lifelong lover of books and writing. But she said after chatting with the tweens and teens at Scholastic that she isn't ruling out other writing projects.
She's already an unpublished novelist. At 13 or 14, she wrote a 400-page book. It was based on her life and friends. She had left them behind during a summer away with her family.
"But since then, I've discovered music and that's the form of writing that inspires me the most," Swift said.
Her meetup with the kids at the book publisher's headquarters was turned into a 30-minute video. It is available at Scholastic.com. In it, she urges more young people to "open a world of possible" through books.
The students on Skype were from Troy, Michigan, and Poway, California. They had made signs declaring the superstar awesome. The in-person New Yorkers offered Swift their book recommendations. Among them: "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls and "Out of My Mind" by Sharon Draper.
And Harry Potter.
The book ideas were timely for Swift. Making and promoting her fifth album has left her out of the loop on what to read, she said.