This post reflects one of the “issues” I raise in my children’s literature classes: that adults–not children–typically decide the definition of “kid friendly” and do the reviewing, award-bestowing, buying, “leveling,” selecting, (e.g. many principals select a book-of-the-month to be read to all grades), etc.. There’s a presumption that adults know what’s best for kids to read (hummm, perhaps that belief turns some kids off to reading?). While there’s merit to that presumption, I think it’s important to let kids be the “boss” of what they read, (even, in my case, when that means having to read a Disney-produced princess book)!
Yesterday we had a special treat of “Sophie-Sitting” (i.e. “babysitting”): pick-up from kindergarten; “hanging-out,” including the Columbia University bookstore that has a children’s book section and big comfy leather chairs; bath, including playing “sea lion” ( I was the trainer who thought up tricks for Sophie, the sea lion, to perform after which I would “throw” her “fish, squid, etc.” to “eat”!) Sophie picked boo
I was also interested to see Sophie set aside some books in her library as “baby-books.” When we’re not in the throes of bedtime, I’ll follow up & ask her: What makes a book a ‘baby-book”?
Finally we ended up with me making-up another “Sparkle & Sophie” story, which she loves. Making-up stories is not my forte. Sophie, however, doesn’t seem to mind my fumbling –perhaps because she’ll prompt me when need be, e.g., last night I was going on and on about Sparkle & a little bug, when Sophie asked, “Grammie, isn’t it time for Sophie to come.”