There always seems to be some concern about whether children are reading enough and recent news stories are saying that kids today are too distracted or too busy to read. Before you point your finger at the Internet as the culprit a new report from Scholastic says that despite the abundance of information, âhalf of all children think there are not enough âreally good booksâ from which to choose.â
Maybe the problem is that kids these days have too many choices.
One of my favorite summertime memories from growing up was visiting the bookmobile that used to roll into our Madison, Wisc., neighborhood midweek. Iâd head down there with my mom and a canvas bag slung over my shoulder. The only restriction: I had to be able to carry what I wanted to take home. For me it wasnât just about finding new books. It was the experience of squeezing into a narrow trailer that smelled of old paper and hunting through the stacks to choose my own titles. It never occurred to me that I wouldnât find something I liked. Every book offered the potential of a new adventure.
Some of the books that got carried home in my tote on a regular basis were Marjorie Weinman Sharmatâs âNate the Greatâ detective stories. And it seems that puzzling through life is still very much part of being a kid, judging by Yvonne Zippâs review of four new books about boys and girls who solve mysteries.
Marjorie Kehe is on vacation this week.