From the May/June, 2012 issue of Touchstone
childrens books You Decide! by Kathie Johnson

FIRST BOOKS by Kathie Johnson

You Decide!

Over the years, I’ve noticed two distinct types of parent–child interactions with books. Here I am mainly talking about young children, who are not yet reading independently. I call these two types “catering to whims” and “guided reading.”

The first type of parent always asks the child a question like, “What sort of book would you like to borrow today? Do you want one about dogs? Cats? Trucks?” And so on. The children rarely respond, and when they do, it seems to me to be with a sense of stress—they need to choose something to please mom (it’s mostly moms that come with their kids to . . .


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