Great reading tips from third graders

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Stories poured out from classrooms across the Miami Valley Thursday for Read Across America Day.

We stopped by River’s Edge Montessori in Dayton and spoke with two third graders from Mrs. Dow’s class.

Maxwell Landers told us why he loves to read. “Because it inspires me to imagine, and imagining strengthens your brain,” he said.

“I love reading because you get to sound out the words and read hard, challenging books,” said Devenh James.

Maxwell said he likes to imagine that he’s the characters when he’s reading a great book. He said one of his favorite series right now is The Underland Chronicles.

Devenh said she has some tips for kids struggling with their reading skills. “Sound out the syllables and try to practice with your mom or your dad,” she said. “Just read and fun!”

What does Devenh want to be when she grows up? “A teacher,” she smiled.

Maxwell said his advice is to read your books more than once, and be inspired to imagine and talk about them.

He wants to be a veterinarian when he grows up. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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