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Cornelia Funke’s Favorite Books
In many of her interviews, writer Cornelia Funke describes herself as a passionate reader. And, as she revealed in an AudioFile interview, one of her goals as an author is to “try to awaken the passion for reading in children and adults.” In Inkheart, one way Funke accomplishes this goal is by introducing her audience to classic works of fiction. Each chapter begins with a quote from a book, and there are references to books such as The Wind in the Willows by Scottish author Kenneth Grahame (1859–1932) sprinkled throughout the text. In an article posted on the Guardian Unlimited Web site, Funke revealed her own “favourite bedtime stories,” many of which are mentioned in Inkheart.
- Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
- The BFG by Roald Dahl
- What Witch by Eva Ibbotson
- Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
- Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver by Michael Ende
- Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
- The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren
- The War of the Buttons by Louis Peraud
- The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Read more about Ms. Funke at Notable Biographies.
The Book Truck
Cornelia joined forces with bookseller and librarian Elizabeth Dragga to create this very special organization. The Book Truck is a non-profit organization that gives away free books to teens in under-served communities.
They believe that every book is unique, every teen is an individual, and every person is a reader. Their mission is to empower each teen to find the books that nourish their heart and mind. Through their work, they are building a community of readers.
The need for literacy cannot be overstated. Only 1/3 of students entering high school are proficient in reading. Low literacy rates are linked to poverty, teen pregnancy, and a life in prison.
Books shouldn’t be a luxury. Kids with access to their own books have significantly higher reading scores than their non-book-owning peers. In low-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books to kids is one age-appropriate book for every 300 children. Meanwhile, in middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 13 age-appropriate books per child.
With reading, there is hope. For more information and to find out how you can get involved, check out their website.