For a number of years I have let DD exclusively pick the books she wants from the library. She is still read to a lot.
Here is the thing, though, and I am not a book snob (far, far from it). The books she picks are crap. Wizard of Waverly place and Disney fairy type of books. This has been consistent for years.
I am thinking of picking books for her for our daily read alouds. We have the Penderwicks on the go right now and I am one happy camper. She likes it, but struggles a bit with listening. Maybe being able to enjoy better quality literature will come in time?
On a personal note - until very recently I was the queen of chick lit. Oh, I could recommend other stuff - but chick lit is what I read. ( A lot of this goes back to high school and being forced to read one dreadful depressing book after another). As part of my job description I am now hosting book clubs so I have to read outside my genre. I am so pleased I was pushed outside my comfort zone! I have learned, been inspired, new worlds seem opened up, etc, etc. I do still like a little chick lit, though. This positive experience may be why I am questioning reading junk to her over and over again.
I will let her pick any book she wants to read to herself - but I want to put the kabosh on me reading crap to her.
I am pretty much determined to do this (and labels smabels if it is not USing ) however I am curious:
Does your child gravitate towards ick in books and do you encourage them to step outside their comfort zone? How?