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Table Talk: The Importance of Reading

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On Fridays, The Huffington Post presents a compelling topic to spark discussion at your dinner table.

A 2010 study conducted by Scholastic and Harrison Group found that “nine out of ten children say they are more likely to finish books they choose themselves” — and one of the goals of Denver-based Burning Through Pages (a non-profit that helps kids join book clubs in their communities, and buys the books for them) is to get kids to read books they might not normally read in school. As BTP says: “It’s not what you read that’s important to us, it’s that you enjoy whatever it is that keeps you burning through the pages.”

Many parents today think their children are spending too much time texting or surfing the Internet, and not enough time reading. The same 2010 Scholastic/Harrison Group study confirmed some parents’ fears by reporting that “the time kids spend reading declines while the time kids spend going online … and using [cell phones] increases.” (It also reported that three-quarters of kids aged 9-17 agreed with the statement, “I know I should read more books for fun.”)

Visit The Huffington Post for more on the importance of reading and for discussion questions you can share with your kids at the dinner table.

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  1. CreateFamilyConnections.com says:

    Our 9 1/2 year old daughter is a voracious reader.  She has read all of Harry Potter in English and is working her way through Harry Potter in Spanish.  But, there was a time when I seriously worried about what was to become of her reading.  At 6 going on 7 she and a friend had just finished 1st grade.  I took the two of them to the local library to sign up for the summer reading program.  They both checked out Rainbow Fairy Magic Books.  I wasn’t thrilled with the choice, as I thought my daughter should be reading more “meaningful” books, but, I went with it.  She was hooked within the first chapter and went on to read EVERY book in the series…including some I special-ordered from London for the Tooth Fairy to bring her, as they weren’t yet available in the US.  As the summer wore on and she did report after report on Rainbow Fairy Magic books, I became concerned enough to talk to a close friend who is a children’s librarian.  She assured me that it does NOT MATTER what your child reads as long as your child LOVES what he or she is reading.  Now that my 4th grader is reading at a 12th grade level in English and a 7th grade level in Spanish, I screen for content, but, as long as she wants to read it, I let her read it!  It is all about practice — remember, practice makes perfect!

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