BTT: Age Appropriate

Cover of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"

Cover of Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Do you read books “meant” for other age groups? Adult books when you were a child; Young-Adult books now that you’re grown; Picture books just for kicks … You know … books not “meant” for you. Or do you pretty much stick to what’s written for people your age?

Today’s Booking Through Thursday question is one I’ve actually thought about before throughout my reading life.

As a kid, I often read books that were appropriate for where I was with my reading skills, but were not at all appropriate for me emotionally or developmentally. So I ended up reading books like Catcher in the Rye way before I was really ready for them, which spoiled me on some amazing books I could only appreciate after re-reading them. I’m trying to avoid this mistake with my own kids, because with some of my favorites, I want the introduction to go perfectly.

Now, I rarely read young adult or picture books for pleasure unless I am reading them with or for my own children. By “for,” I mean that when my kids are reading something I’m not familiar with, like Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, I try to read either one book in a series, or a single book, so I know what they are reading. Books have always been such a huge influence on me that I want to know what might be influencing my own kids.

I’m trying to read more YA lit because I think my students might be (or should be) reading it, and I’ve found some good examples of ones I would absolutely want my students, or some day my own children, to read. But just for pleasure? Never occurs to me.

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3 responses to “BTT: Age Appropriate

  1. I think it’s important to explore other genres, even though my preferences might be for other kinds of books.

    I agree that we should know what the kids are reading. My youngest grandson is a big fan of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. I’m just happy that he’s reading!

    Here’s MY BTT2 POST

  2. I like to mix it up sometimes, it makes for interesting reading.

  3. Hi Jackie!
    I too grew up a precocious reader and thus read (sneak-read!) some adult titles too young, hence spoiling their potential. Lucky your children to have you for a mentor in this regard.
    Now I’m off to check out your examples link, as I’m always in search of a strong young adult read. (also with my students in mind)
    Hope all’s well with you!

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