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'fantasy' book reading up by parental reading lists in the UK?

Discussion in 'Books' started by Tim, Jun 14, 2008.

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  1. Tim

    Tim Creative Writer

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    Getting children to read in a culture where people willing to read is dropping due to other pastimes is always a hard thing to manage. Compulsory book lists have been seen recently to force children to read and then they do not return as reading is seen as work rather than pleasure.

    But now it appears that a parents list to persuade children to read is listing 200 books of which none are classics. They are instead touting fantasy books, of pirates and aliens.

    Good news for the scifi genre? Or will these still be seen as 'work'' to read by the kids?


     
  2. pgouldburn

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    When i was in high school and junior high my class had to read a certain amount of books per year and were limited on only what was in the library at school. Truth be told, i hated every second of the compulsory reading no matter what they handed me. Forcing kids to read when they really don't want to would probably just be seen as more work. I despised reading in school but after i graduated i'm constantly reading. I don't think it's going to help the genre to much to force these books on kids since i doubt the reason for their lack of reading is poor materials. If their resolved in their decision not to read your going to have a heck of a time getting them to.
     
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    pgouldburn, welcome to Cool Sci-Fi! (y)
     
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    I'm on the list but have yet to see any staggering increase in sales. Not sure who, if anyone, is taking any notice of it.
     
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    Nicky B, you mean you're the author of one of the books on the list?
     
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    I didn't actually have the list in front of me when I posted that, which is of interest to me (in Uni, but don't want to teach, my own kids are being home educated) But I assume it is one of numerous teen scifi type novels you've got listed? (at least eleven, I count)
     
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    Yes. 'The Spellgrinder's Apprentice' N M Browne
    It is quite a strange list. When it first came out various other writers were complaining about the choices. Once you move away from classics I suppose everyone would compile a different list.
     
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    Yeah it's fantasy - but not of the D&D/Tolkein type. I have written other books with boys particularly in mind, but I hadn't really got this pegged as a 'boy's' book.

    I live quite close to an excellent children's bookshop and the staff are great at giving advice on books. I have three sons and I buy them books still. I suppose the list was an attempt to provide that bookshop kind of advice. Our local Waterstones has just got quite a proactive children's book manager too - who actually reads books and can give an informed opinion, but I don't think that's common.
    My boys read ( and enjoy) the books I buy them, but I don't think they would ever spend their own money on a book.
     
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    I always got my parents money to buy my books too. The first time I used a library on my own to get a book out I was ten, and the book was First Blood (Rambo part one!) But then we had a book club that seemed to specialise in scifi and fantasy and that's when I got into that. Before that my teachers were giving me books to read (I was reading novels before the rest of my class) so it was Famous Five, I am David, Secret Seven.

    I think kids at primary school level have to be given books, rather than pick them for themselves. So giving them a range and then seeing what they prefer for future reading is almost a full time monitoring job.
     
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    I think kids at primary school level have to be given books, rather than pick them for themselves. So giving them a range and then seeing what they prefer for future reading is almost a full time monitoring job.[/QUOTE]

    In a way primary school kids are more likely to choose to read once they become fluent - older kids, particularly boys IME, are less likely if anything to be proactive.
    I never needed anyone to pick books for me as I'd read anything, but then there was a lot less other stuff to do.

    My sons are now 19, 17 and 15 and I still buy them books as presents - or send them in the direction of books I have loved. All three adore 'Flowers for Algernon' which is one of my favourites.
    My daughter (12) will choose her own books which is as well as she doesn't like fantasy and I find picking stuff for her much harder.
     
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