Free Your Child! The Importance of Freedom of Choice in Reading

Our country just celebrated our Independence Day. (In my neighborhood, very loudly and with lots of fireworks!) If there is one value Americans hold dear, it is our freedom. Free to worship in the way we want, free to speak and protest, free to BE.

That freedom is key in helping your child become confident and independent readers. Research shows that children who have a free choice of what to read are more likely to read longer and with more attention.

And the more a child reads, the more they will want to read - and the better they become at reading. It's a virtuous cycle that puts young readers on a track to succeed in school and life.

So free your child from the "read this, not that" box. Let them choose! Joke books? OK! Captain Underpants? Absolutely! Books about how to survive in the desert? Why not! It all counts, and it all helps. As explained in "Readers, Reading, and Librarians":

"Confident readers learn to read by reading - by reading a lot. The long apprenticeship in reading, which begins in childhood, is supported by school and public libraries, primarily by rich collections of books of all kinds that can be taken home, read aloud by parents and siblings, and read independently. What keeps children reading is the pleasure of the reading experience itself.",_reading,_and_librarians

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