Anyway onto my post about children reading.
LISTENING DOGS. When children read to Danny and Batman they do not criticise or correct pronunciation. They merely pick up their ears, sometimes close their eyes, and act as if they are not listening.
Yes, Danny and Batman are greyhounds, 'Listening dogs' who help children overcome their fear of reading. - BBC News (02/03/2011)
I cannot think of a time when I didn't have a book in my hand and though I was never forced in to reading a book at the same time I was always challenged as to what I might enjoy, as to what might hold my interest, as to what might stimulate me to further investigate the huge world that was literature. Shocking than to think .....
FALL IN READING STANDARDS AS CHILDREN OPT FOR 'EASY' BOOKS. Reading standards are in sharp decline as pupils opt for easy books in school and at home, according to a report.
By the end of primary education, pupils start to ignore relatively difficult texts in favour of more straightforward alternatives suitable for younger children.
It emerged The Hungry Caterpillar, a classic picture book by Eric Carle was one of the most popular books among 14 to 16-year-old girls in England (It's target audience is 1+) - The Telegraph (03/03/2011)
Also included in this article (which can be seen in full by clicking on the link above) are the top 5 books enjoyed by today's adults when they were teenagers and, in brackets the top 5 books enjoyed by the teenagers of today.
- The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend. (The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling)
- The Lord of The rings by JRR Tolkein (The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer)
- Novels by Stephen King (The Lord Of The Rings by JRR Tolkein)
- The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams (The Da Vinci code by Dan Brown)
- The James bond novels by Ian Fleming/ 1984 by George Orwell (The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams.)
Hmm, not too bad, there is only The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy and the James bond novels that I have yet to read.
Ebooks are becoming more and more popular not just amongst us adults but amongst younger readers, children even - though alas not with this blogger who still prefers the feel AND smell of a real book, a book like The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson - which is why I'm pleased to hear Julia say
I WON'T LET THEM TURN MY GRUFFALO INTO AN EBOOK. the best selling author Julia Donaldson, whose rhyming picture books dominate top 10 lists, has revealed that she vetoed an ebook version of her most famous title, The Gruffalo, because she thinks interactive book apps for children are a bad idea.
She sees the practical advantages of digital publishing in terms of portability and storage. But she feels that time spent reading books is valuable, and that we spend much of our lives plugged into screens and headphones already.
"The publishers showed me an ebook of Alice in Wonderland. They said, 'Look, you can press buttons and do this and that', and they showed me the page where Alice's neck gets longer. There's a button the child can press to make the neck stretch, and I thought, well, if the child's doing that, they are not going to be listening or reading, 'I wish my cat Dinah was here' or whatever it says in the text – they're just going to be fiddling with this wretched button." - Susanna Rustin, The Guardian (26/03/2011)
Whilst discussing this with Hd, himself an avid reader though where The Gruffalo stands in his affections I don't actually know, he made the following point which just about sums it up for me .....
"It all depends on whether we believe imagination should be supplied or developed."
It's not all bad news though, despite it all research has shown ........
Two-thirds of adults go to sleep after reading the equivalent of six and a half pages of a standard-sized paperback - managing around 2,134 words on average before becoming too tired to read on. - The Telegraph (03/03/2011)
So, what are your views? How many of the books listed have you read, which did you like/dislike? What do you think of teenagers taking the easy option? Ebooks - love them/hate them, are they a good idea for children?