Aysha Raja

Aysha Raja

The proprietor of The Last Word bookshops and co-founder and publisher of The Life’s Too Short literary review. She can be followed on twitter @TheLastWordbks

Reading for the soul: Helping kids love books

Today was the last day of my self-conceived experiment at a school in Lahore. A few months ago I had offered three hours a week of my precious time to read stories to my daughter’s kindergarten classmates. I was convinced that after months of interacting with these children I‘d be able to flush out and pacify a bully terrorising my delicate daughter. It would also, I reasoned, provide a good opportunity for a bookseller like myself to test that age-old lament that the youth of today lack the attention span for books – although granted, by “youth” most parents ...

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