Monday, October 08, 2012
As the kids came along, Daniel and I picked all their books, mostly from yard sales or book store sales. But a strange thing is happening now that we have more pre-teens in our home. They are choosing their own books. Creating their own collections. And slowing taking over our home library. Some of their books are for school, but more an more are becoming their favorite series. Our shelves are now full of Maximum Ride, The Ranger's Apprentice, Hunter Brown, Daniel X, Harry Potter and of course, the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan. Really, anything by Rick Riordan finds its way to our home library. It's becoming harder and harder to preview all the books they are reading to decide if they are acceptable reading material for our kids. I've been reduced to reading one or two books in the series and deciding based on that. But, as a Mercedes Lackey fan, I've learned that one good series by an author does not mean that ALL their works are equally safe for kids to read. Or even that every book in that one series is safe.
I also try to remember that my kids are allowed to read fluff, because it's fun. Not everything has to be great literature. My little sister, Toni, hated reading when she was little. I used to read Goosebumps books to her out loud in our room at night and purposely not finish the book so that she would have to read some of it herself to find out the ending. I'm not sure if she ever became a big fan of reading, but I do think that some kids are more likely to read if adults don't make all reading feel like work. The best example, though, is being a reader yourself. I hope my kids see me enjoying reading and enjoy hearing me read aloud to them and develop my same love for books. So far, it seems to be working.