Interesting post on “Reading Up”

I just read a very interesting post at The Horn Book by Rosanne Parry (author of Heart of a Shepherd, which I loved) on “reading up,” that is, letting our young children read precociously.  This post is retrospective and focuses on her regrets in “allowing” her children to read beyond their years (and her regrets are really not what you’d expect).  This post has convinced me to go ahead and give Lulu a book this week for her assigned reading that is really below her reading level.  ;-)   Go read it and tell me what you think.

4 thoughts on “Interesting post on “Reading Up””

  1. I’ve been rotating my 3rd graders books between advanced and remedial. The challenge of one grows his mind, but the other grows his confidence as a reader and both are super important. We also take turns “I pick one then you pick one.” It’s been my dream to raise readers and we are well underway. THanks for sharing.

  2. Very interesting! (Now I want to know what you picked for her to read.) : )

    I waffled a few weeks/months? ago when N1 asked to read Harry Potter. I have said ok to the first book (which even though she has asked, she has not yet picked up to read), but we are going to go v.e.r.y. slowly through the series for just this reason.

  3. Amy – I really found this article vey interesting. My daughter definitely “read up” — reading all of the Harry Potter books in the third grade. Now, I also made sure she was listening (and she enjoys on her own) picture books that I was picking out for Grant, too. Grant has no interest in reading the harder books and I’m not really encouraging him to read them. We still read a lot of picture books and the longest chapter book he wants to read is maybe a Magic Treehouse or a Lego reader. I’m ok with that. :-)

    Another thing that really bugs me is that it seems once a child reads the “sci fi” world of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson they don’t want to read much else. Anna is a much pickier reader now and I wish she’s branch out a little, but if it’s not fantasy she’s not really interested. What to do? Thoughts?

  4. Mary, I’m sorry I’m just now replying to your question. I have given it some thought, and. . . I’m not sure. :-) Maybe just continue to read aloud from various genres? I think all readers go through phases. If you give her required reading, maybe you can require certain types of books. I remember reading about Susan Wise Bauer’s mom, Jessie Wise, requiring certain types of books of her children each week.

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