The Great Debate

The Great Debate

Should parents choose what their child reads or should the child choose?
Friday, September 7th by Paula Patterson
You may not have been aware that some families struggle with this, but we see it almost every day in the library.  So what is the right answer? Of course there is no answer that works for everyone. But, are you asking me for my opinion?  If you are still reading, I guess I’ll give it to you…
My vote is…The Child.  Our hope is that children will grow into life-long readers.  Our hope is that children will LOVE what they are reading. Our hope is that children will learn and absorb information about what they are reading.
So what about the child who is obsessed with Scooby-Doo and only wants to read Scooby-Doo books? I say, great! That means they are reading and loving it. What about the child obsessed with Diary of a Wimpy Kid? I say, great! That means they are reading and loving it. What about the child who only checks out the same book over and over? You guessed it…GREAT! That means they are reading and loving it.
Is this easy to do? No! It does not have to be so cut and dry, but give it a try and let me know the results.
Paula Patterson
Youth Services Librarian