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taylor swift and nick cannon Taylor Swift and Nick Cannon on stage at the Scholastic Auditorium at Scholastic headquarters in New York for the Read Now with Taylor Swift live webcast event. (Photo: Dante A. Ciampaglia)

Read Now with Taylor Swift

Singer-songwriter talks about the importance of reading

By Grace McManus | null null , null
Kid Reporter Grace McManus interviews Taylor Swift after the Read Now webcast. (Photo: Dante A. Ciampaglia)
Kid Reporter Grace McManus interviews Taylor Swift after the Read Now webcast. (Photo: Dante A. Ciampaglia)

Reading means a lot to Taylor Swift. That's why she came to the Scholastic headquarters in New York to do a live webcast with host Nick Cannon.

"The cool thing about reading is that when you read a short story or you read something that takes your mind and expands where your thoughts can go, that's powerful," Taylor Swift said at the live event. "And for me, one of the most powerful things about a person is their imagination."

The webcast was hosted in honor of Scholastic's 90th anniversary. Why? Scholastic just launched a new campaign called Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. It encourages young readers – and everyone else, too – to read every day. In fact, Scholastic also launched a Read Every Day sweepstakes. Between October 27 and November 26, kids can enter a sweepstakes to win a prize such as home library of books or a poster from Taylor Swift. To enter, kids must log on to Scholastic every day for 31 days and record what they read. At the end of the sweepstakes, 31 kids will be selected at random to win a prize. Kids can enter at scholastic.com/readeverydaysweeps.

"I hope that my fans will learn that reading is important, and that having an imagination is important," Taylor told me after the event was over. "I mean, anything you put your mind to and add your imagination into can make your life a lot better and a lot more fun. And I think reading kind of does that for you."

If you don't want to read whole books, you can start with a simple short story. You could read a little bit about the season, or what holidays are coming up. You could start by reading the funny column in the newspaper, too. It doesn't matter what you read. It just matters that you Read Every Day. Then you will Lead a Better Life.

Be sure to check out Grace's post about interviewing Taylor Swift — with video of her interview! — on the Scholastic Kids Press Corps Blog! Also check out Kid Reporter Sydney Rieckhoff's 2008 interview with Taylor Swift, which took place on Taylor Swift's tour bus just as she was beginning her rise to the top of the charts!

And if you missed the webcast, catch the replay at scholastic.com/readeveryday.

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