Taylor Swift wants you to read
Taylor Swift wants you to read Taylor Swift talks with children about the power of reading and writing (Invision for Scholastic, Inc./AP Images)
Taylor Swift wants you to read
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Who says kids don't read? Not Taylor Swift.

The superstar made a stop on her tour promoting her new album to share her passion for reading and writing with a gaggle of New York City public school kids and 100 more giggling on computer screens via Skype from classrooms in Michigan and California.

Swift, whose "1989" may debut at No. 1 this week, is a lifelong lover of books and writing, particularly songwriting, but she told The Associated Press 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She's already an unpublished novelist.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 based on her life and friends, whom she had left 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. It's not to say that I wouldn't expand the mediums and the ways that I choose to write," Swift said. "What if I end up writing a script or a book, or a book of poetry or something? That would be so amazing. I would love to see that happen."

Her meetup with the kids, six surrounding her on cozy couches at the book publisher's Soho headquarters, was turned into a 30-minute video available at Scholastic.com that has her urging more young people to "open a world of possible" through books.

The students on Skype from Troy, Michigan, and Poway, California, 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, natch.

The book ideas were timely for Swift as she prepares for a few lengthy flights. Making and promoting her fifth album has left her out of the loop on what to read, she said.

"I definitely walked away with a few suggestions, which I appreciate because with the way the schedule's been it's kind of lower priority and it shouldn't be," Swift said.

Critical thinking challenge: What do novels, poetry and songwriting have in common?

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COMMENTS (27)
  • HaleighHail
    11/13/2014 - 03:01 p.m.

    The novels and poetry and songwriting are so close because when you write a book or poetry it is usually about your life or it tells a story. That I think that they are like that because when you read a book or hear a song the singer is talking about a life experience. When you see a poem you think about why the writer wrote what he or she wrote it about. It is just the same when you hear a song or read a book you think why did the singer or author write what they did. Also, when you hear about these things there are reasons why the people wrote the song, book, or poem.

  • FraanQuiroz25
    11/14/2014 - 04:43 p.m.

    Summary: Taylor Swift made a little stop in her new album tour 1989 to share with some kids at Public School in New York her passion about reading and writing. She is a lifelong lover of books and writing, particularly songwriting.
    When she had 13 or 14 years, she wrote 400 pages-book based in her life and friends. Also when she discovered the music, the form of writing was more inspires for her.
    Taylor not only shared with kids from Public School in New York. She shared with kids via Skype from Troy, Michigan and Poway, California too. She received a lot of book recommendations from kids, such as, "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls and "Out of My Mind" by Sharon Draper, and obviously Harry Potter.
    She was glade for all recommendations because with her busy agenda and long flights, she needs doing something for fun.

    Opinion: I believe that read is one of the most wonderful activities in life. I love so much to read. People should read because they like it, not because for obligation. When people read for the second reason, they dont taste and enjoy the reading. Sometimes the books that give us in the school or university are so boring that they are so focus in finish faster the book and doing the test. Finally in the majority of schools or universities doesnt exist the students motivation for reading.

  • 5AllyR
    11/19/2014 - 06:36 p.m.

    Novels, poetry, and songwriting are all very similar. They are all simply a process of writing. Whether it's writing your next big seller or your next big hit, these processes of writing all can tell a great story about life, love, mysterious lands, magical powers, the possibilities are endless. That's because there's no limit to writing. No one can tell you what you have to write about. Because that's what writing is, it's telling the story whether it's a true story or not. The article says, '"But since then, I've discovered music and that's the form of writing that inspires me the most. It's not to say that I wouldn't expand the mediums and the ways that I choose to write," Swift said. "What if I end up writing a script or a book, or a book of poetry or something? That would be so amazing. I would love to see that happen."' Not only are novels, poetry, and songwriting a process of writing, they are also different types forms of stories to read. People all over the world are always reading novels, few are reading poetry, and very few reading song lyrics. Though song lyrics are a form of poetry, they basically both fall under the same category. As you can see, novels, poetry, and songwriting have many similarities and are all different stories to read.

  • Aw2001soccer
    1/06/2015 - 01:01 p.m.

    all the things they have in common are that you write your feelings down in novels poetry and songwriting its all about your feelings or things you experienced

  • loganc-war
    2/27/2015 - 01:02 p.m.

    Novels, poetry and songwriting are very similar. They all require creativity from the author or artist. There are no boundaries for the creator. they can relax and put their thoughts into words to make a masterpiece.

  • sarahrice-war
    2/27/2015 - 01:04 p.m.

    I love reading already, it is a big part of my life that I love to do and have a large passion for. I do not like Taylor Swift's music in the slightest but I commend her for inspiring children to read like she does. this article does not really effect or interest me however I have looked into the recommendations listed and I may look into those books.

  • isaiahbr-war
    2/27/2015 - 01:07 p.m.

    Novels, poetry, and song writing have in common are that they all are apart of English Literature. Also they all allow for someone to express them selves whether its by writing a book, a poem, or a song.

  • emilyt-war
    2/27/2015 - 01:09 p.m.

    Everyone has there own way of learning and enjoying things. I do not enjoy reading that much but, i do enjoy listening to music and reading poetry. Everyone is different they have there own likes and dislikes. So i believe that everyone should do what they love not what they hate unless you have to for school or something important.

  • jonnir-war
    2/27/2015 - 01:10 p.m.

    Everybody has their own idea of how they want to learn and do things. I'm not a huge fan of reading, but I do like to listen to music and I like some poetry. But everybody has their own opinion on reading, music, and poetry.

  • jordanr-war
    2/27/2015 - 01:11 p.m.

    Taylor Swift learned in her own way, and everyone else does to. Reading and writing is important because it teaches you something about what you just read or wrote. I think everyone should do what they are best at. As long as people understand what they are talking about I think that's good enough.

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