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State of the Stacks: Too Soon Edition

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I’m reblogging this essay to share with my readers because it contains a great discussion on developmental reading and book choices. I hope you find it as interesting as I do.

Plucked from the Stacks

As a child, reading is a constant period of transitions. A kid usually starts with someone reading picture or board books to them. From there, they might try to tackle wordier texts like easy readers and chapter books. Before long, there’s a pull for longer stories with more complex plots, and that’s when middle grade novels kick in. And as they grow and develop as readers, young adult works wait for them before they drift into the wild and untamed world of adult books.

Of course, every reader is different and, just because a kid moves toward a different style of book, it doesn’t mean they can’t return to an old, trusted format. So while each type of book represents a door for readers, it’s an open one— one they can pass back and forth to suit their moods. It’s how adults can still find joy in picture books.


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  1. A good post.🍀☕👵

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  2. Thanks for sharing, off to read more.

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  3. carhicks says:

    I read this on Christopher’s blog and got very upset. I am glad I never did that to children I worked with. Read, read, read, that was all I ever told them. I even allowed Graphic Novels, for shame.

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    • lghiggins says:

      Graphic novels just might be the gateway to more reading for a struggling reader. As adults we choose to read books that interest us. Why would be expect less of children? I’m sure you were a great librarian/teacher and influenced many to read, read, read! The highest compliment I ever received was from a parent who shared, “Our daughter loves to read because of you.” My heart melts even today thinking about that kind of influence. You don’t do that by testing, testing, testing.

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