If we want kids to read…we have to let them read what interests them, not what our culture thinks they should read

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6 Responses to If we want kids to read…we have to let them read what interests them, not what our culture thinks they should read

  1. Oh, Sweet Sweet Word Addiction says:

    Totally agree! My parents have never minded what I read. They never stopped me from reading anything I wanted, even if it was “too adult” for me. I was able to explore tons of books at an early age and it really shaped me as a reader. I enjoy reading many different things and keeping my mind open to reading anything once!

    • Exactly. I was raised the same way and raised my kids that way. You can’t force kids to read books they hate or do not want to read and expect them to keep reading. I’ve seen what schools have done to my grandchildren. They don’t read for pleasure because they were taught to hate reading and poetry when they went to school. I believe it’s done on purpose, in order to keep the population from learning to think which is a treat to the establishment, status quo and the government itself. i really believe that’s the reason they are forced to read terrible books in school.

      • Oh, Sweet Sweet Word Addiction says:

        That’s a shame. I’m a huge believer in reading. All my friends/family members that have kids get books for their birthdays and Christmas. Once they get old enough to pick things on their own, I give them gift cards. It’s so much fun watching them browse books and picking what they want to read. We make sure to make a day of it.

  2. That is such a joy. I love it when kids pick out books and I love giving gift card for books. Unfortunately, when they are forced to read about dead mothers, concentration camps, and other sad and horrifying things, and nothing else, a lot of kids stop reading and never start agin. There is no reason kids can’t read Harry Potter or something they are hungry for instead of the horrible books forced upon them.

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