I took Amy (8) for a trip to Waterstones the other day, and suggested many books to her, but this was her final choice…
The two at the bottom obviously don’t push her at all, and she’s read them very quickly. The top two were, I think, only chosen because they mentioned ‘Jubilee’ and ‘Olympics’, two subjects they’re discussing at school, and I’m not sure they will get read.
I really wanted to be able to say that she’d chosen some more difficult books, as I know she’s technically a good reader. I want to feel she’s pushing herself, and developing her reading.
But then I had a turn-around. She’s only 8, and has loads of time to develop. What I really want to do is encourage and nuture that love of reading and books which I have. I want her to *choose* to read, and to enjoy it, rather than trying to manage a more difficult book just because her mum says she should!
So how do you feel about your children – do you encourage them to read more difficult books, or just enjoy what *they* choose? And readers.. how was your childhood, and did it affect how you feel about books/reading today?