There are books to be savored. I do a great deal of that when I read a book a second or third or fourth time. I did read quite a few books this way last year when I served on the Printz. However, often the first reading was fast paced. And for some, maybe even most books, that is sufficient for a couple of reasons. First, there are some books that should just be consumed: they are books that do not require much reflection on my part. I enjoy them as I am reading, but there is not much there that I want to revisit. And second, just because I read quickly does not mean I do not savor the book even at a word level. I flag (I keep post-it flags near me at all times when reading) or write in the margin or highlight or make notes in my steno books about words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs. I can still read a book quickly and savor it, too. Finally, I read faster than kids. I have been doing this for a long time; I think the practice has paid off.
Does speed = lack of appreciation? No, I do not think that is the case. And I think we need to allow our kids the right to breeze through books if they want to do so. I also think we need to show them how we savor a book. I suspect how I savor and how someone else does might be different. Vive le difference!
And in a few months many of us who devour books will gather for ALA's celebration: