His message about reading was right on target. He believes that all kids need to read and read well. Good readers will have more choices in life and end up with better careers. He said to read like your life depended on it. If you want to be a good writer, then you must READ!
He said that kids need to find good books that will engage them. Besides his titles, he also recommended the Percy Jackson series, Warrior series, Book Thief, and The Invention of Hugo Cabret. He said that Book Thief is a very complicated story but worth the read. He has created a website to help you make good book choices. Check it out here: http://www.readkiddoread.com/home.
I was pleased that the PFTSTA library had all the books that he suggested as good reads.