“I don’t let my kids read such disgusting stuff”, said a mother about the Captain Underpants books.
“Do they read at all?”, I asked.
She evaded the question. “I have bought them [blah, blah, blah books]”, she said.
Why was I not surprised that her children don’t read? The books she mentioned were good books- books that are morally edifying. But they are not books that engage a child. If you want them to read, you have to give children books they will like. Once they are addicted, they will voluntarily reach for the books you want them to read.____
2014: The Year That Was