Book 'em Danno (Don Ward)

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

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"Book" The Noun, Not "Book" The Verb

This blog entry is not about the wildly popular CBS cop show "Hawaii Five-0" that ran for 12 years (1968 - 1980)..nor is it about the new updated version that CBS is about to start airing (Mondays ant 10/9 central and mountain) ...but please keep reading!

That's my point here, please keep reading! 

For those of you who found blog this by googling "Hawaii Five-0"'s a fast-paced, action packed thrill-ride of a promo video from CBS.   ...but please keep reading.

I like TV shows a lot (heck, I'm in three of them every day)  I loved "Hawaii Five-0" as a kid, and I think the new one could be pretty good...but please, keep reading.

By keep reading I don't just mean this blog...I mean books. 

According to a new study summarized on, kids who grow up in homes with lots of books will stay in school longer and therefore reach a higher education level than kids with fewer books.  Sound far-fetched? This study reportedly used data from more than 73,000 people in 27 different countries...and the results were the same, to varying degrees, in every one of the countries. 

According to the research just having 500 books in the house boosted a child's level of education by an average of more than three years! In the U.S. it's 2.4 years, in China it's 6.6 years. Even having 20 books in the house made a difference, and in general, the more books in the home, the more years in school. 

The article points out that most of us make the assumption that kids are most likely to reach a high level of education if their parents are highly educated. The "book case" points out that a full bookcase is just as important.

I love movies.  Most of us do.  I also have a few intelligent friends who will argue all day long that a movie is better than a book because it's quicker.  It's hard to know where to begin on "The Da Vinci Code"  then watch the film John Irving's "A Prayer For Owen Meany" and then watch "Simon Birch"....with that I'll rest my book case.  Keep watching movies..but get some books too!

Please keep reading. 

If we all read a lot as adults, we'll all raise kids in houses filled with books and, at least according to the study, they'll stay in school longer. 

Another benefit of reading is writing.  I get asked about it all the time by young people who want to get into the TV business.  How do you learn to write..well, you write.  Reading helps too. When you see how others use the language you absorb the rights and wrongs of it without even realizing it. I've run into many young producers and writers who make simple mistakes.  If you read a lot you can often recognize that something is wrong with a sentence, even if you're not exactly sure why.  If it feels wrong you can change it, write it a different way or write around it. 

So please keep reading.

Also, enjoy the new "Hawaii Five-0" this fall on CBS....I'm waiting for the book.

We'll talk again soon.

Don Ward 


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