Anyone who loves to read and wants our young people to develop a similar passion will savor Better than Life - an enchanting, beautifully written, and wise book.--Regie RoutmanAn essential guide to helping children discover the pleasures of reading!In Better than Life, Daniel Pennac shares the secrets that all book lovers treasure. Delving into his experiences as a parent, a writer and a teacher, he asks, how does the love of reading begin? How is it lost? And how can it be regained? This remarkable book explores simple ways to create a life-long devotion to reading:how reading aloud can ensure that a love of books beginswhy it is important that children develop a private relationship with bookswhat "The Reader's Bill of Rights" can do to guarantee children value readingThis book reads like a novel with gripping anecdotes from literature and fresh insights into creating and nurturing enthusiastic readers.