Have you seen these images online? Here’s one.
It looks like James is going to have a better life than Travis. Which, in reality, is true, or at least according to reading researchers.
But what I’ve always not liked about these posters is that there’s no joy in them. Reading is hard work and must be forced like a chore.
If you’re a parent, the right thing to do is to tell your child to go to her room to force read while you finish watching TV.
I suppose they could be worse. And there’s nothing wrong with giving parents the facts — that like anything else (practicing piano, playing sports, eating vegetables), a daily habit is the best approach.
But why don’t these images ever have interesting books on them? Or joyful readers? Or parents reading alongside their children?
Why is it a totally normal thing for parents to read to their kids until their kids can read…and then stop entirely afterward, replacing that reading with reading demands and reading logs?
Yes, I know: Parents are busy. But it’s 20 minutes, right?