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Nonsense books

Posted by on May. 21, 2011 at 2:58 PM
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Are the only kinds of books worth reading to your children books of character with educational incentives?


I am sandwiched between 2 teachers in my neighborhood, literally. The lady just east of me is a 1st grade teacher and my neighbor to the west is a 7th grade social studies teacher. Amusingly enough the 7th grade teacher is working on her masters and is always seeking advice from the other neighbor on her papers.


7th grade teacher finds Dr. Seuss and Skippy Jon Jones to be nonsense books with no value what-so-ever. I laughed at her when she said this to me. OH I FORGOT she doesn't have any kids and she isn't married. -giggle- I explained that reading is fundamental (snort) and a love of books is the first step.

The 1st grade teacher and I discuss all kinds of books she has been introducing to her class. I've even been to her school to read to her students a few times. 1st grade teacher and 7th grade teacher argue, vehemently over the whole nonsense book 'issue'.

segue over

Do/did you read silly books to your kids? If so, what were their favorites? Do your older children still read? Do they enjoy reading?

by on May. 21, 2011 at 2:58 PM
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by on May. 21, 2011 at 3:04 PM

My daughter's second grade teacher told us that Dr. Seuss was TERRIBLE for young minds. I said, it teaches them to experiment with sounds... she said, well, I GUESS so. I didn't care. I love Dr. Seuss. Some of the chapter books they like to have kids read now are much worse, because the grammar is TERRIBLE, but it's written to be normal speech. (Junie B. Jones, anybody). Whereas, Dr. Seuss is quite clearly nonsense.

by Member on May. 21, 2011 at 3:13 PM

 I dont really know, I loved Dr. Seuss growing up!  I will read what every to my baby its not like she fully underrstands what im saying.  Just the other day I was tring to read from my nook & she wasnt being nice so I read the story out loud & she was happy.

by New Member on May. 21, 2011 at 7:16 PM
Aww I still read my child hood favourites. I no it's silly but don't laf at me. The magic faraway tree by Enid blyton and the famous five books. It takes me bk to the carefree days
by Rissy on May. 21, 2011 at 7:31 PM

I don't mind reading silly books to my son.  I read Dr. Suess and Shel Silverstein to my son all the time.  He's only 9 months, but he enjoys it.  Since he's still just a baby we also have the cute little picture books, books with different textures, etc.  Reading is reading..  Any reading is helpful to a child, but I think the kid needs to enjoy it to really get into reading.  What kid really wants to read when grown ups just read boring books to them?  I want my son to view reading as both educational AND fun.

by Platinum Member on May. 21, 2011 at 7:45 PM

 I loved reading the silly books to my kids.  My all time fav is Green Eggs and Ham. One of my kids likes Hop on Pop while another has always been fond of Are you My Mother.  Then there is Horton... hatching that egg... God love his heart.

by Christy on May. 21, 2011 at 7:47 PM

I think there is a learning experience for anything.

BTW Dr Suess teaches children to rhyme which is very important so much so that schools teach it for two years. It also teaches like sounds. Grammar is an ever changing thing. If you read a book written in English only as far back as say Pilgrims Progress then you might have a hard to understanding the words and the grammar.

by Silver Member on May. 21, 2011 at 7:49 PM

We Looove Dr. Suess and Skippy Jon Jones.  We had to buy a hardcover version of SJJ because our paperback one disintegrated we read it so many times.

I do have a teacher friend, actually she's a reading specialist, who dislikes Dr. Suess and doesn't think his books have any value, but I don't care -- I'm reading 'em anyway!

by Ruby Member on May. 21, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Oh I bet those teachers HATE the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books!

Yes, we read everything and especially enjoy the silly ones.

I cannot even imagine an educator poo pooing Seuss.

by on May. 21, 2011 at 8:07 PM

I would not eat them with a fox, I would not eat them in a box.  I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.

Silly books are absolutely necessary to foster a love of reading, which (IMO) is the only way kids will develop really good reading skills; they have to want to.

by Jaye on May. 21, 2011 at 8:25 PM
We own pretty much every Dr. Seuss book ever. DS1 learned to read using "Ten Apples Up On Top." I also use the good Dr.'S books to teach certain sound devices to MY 7th graders - alliteration, onomatopoeia, etc. And every year at the end of the year, I read them "Oh, The Places You'll Go." Because it's my favorite. :)
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