Over the past few weeks, I've seen article after article such as the one that was posted by The Washington Post on Monday, "Why kids should choose their own books to read in school" by Valerie Strauss.
I hope the appearance of such articles signal the end of the "reading list." We've just completed three months of summer reading in which students had to read from an assigned list. Let's just say, on some of the lists I had a hard time finding a title I would have picked up and read!
A little guidance and reader's advisory is good, reading lists, maybe not so much.
Let the children read! You'd be surprised how a child who has read a book, liked it and recommended it to his/her classmates, can start a run on a book!