Kids need to read. But the content of what children read, regardless of age, is always an interesting topic. When talking to parents of young babies, I encourage reading anything that Mom and Dad find interesting. Yes, board books with real pictures is enthralling, but it is your voice, the shared attention, and the time together that helps build a better baby. Toddlers like the independence of reading to themselves (if they have been read to from an early age they tend to model this behavior sooner.) Preschoolers love rhyming books and most things silly.
But I have noticed that as kids reach school age things change. When kids are in school for six plus hours and have to complete homework, their love for reading can waiver. It somehow is seen as more of a chore. Sad, isn’t it.
Do I like Diary of a Wimpy Kid? No, not really. I actually cringe a little bit when I read a Junie B Jones book because of the language (which kids LOVE!) But my kids eyes light up when they choose these books. They stay up late reading and don’t want to turn out the light. They consider writing their own stories in a similar fashion. They bring me the book to read it aloud because it is really funny. And this is why it is crucial to let kids choose their own books.
I know this post will resonate with a lot of people. I would love to hear your thoughts about the books your child loves to read and how to foster the love of reading!