|Guy Laramee book carving|
"Weak, flabby and silly books tend to make weak flabby and silly brains. We are told that for some unformed readers to read a bad book is better than to read none at all. I do not believe it. You might as well say that it is better to swallow poison than not to swallow any thing at all."
Strong words. I wonder what he would say about the libraries of today with their babysitter's club, geronimo stilton and diary of a whimpy kid? I think he'd have a bird. And to some extent I agree with him. Just look at his vast vocabulary and eloquent writing style. Even the best English schools in the country can no longer produce that kind of quality. Then why do I, as a librarian, encourage kids to read fluff? Because reading is as essential to the mind as food is to the body and kids these days don't understand the dangers of illiteracy. If a child can't read, what is he/she doing? Because, unlike 1910, there are far worst things in the world today than "swallowing poison".
P.S. My 10yr old son has a grade 10 reading level. That is higher than 90% of the grade 6 kids in the country. I let him read whatever he wants because I'd rather have him reading Calvin and Hobbes safe at home than... who knows what.