I have had many parents ask the question, “That doesn’t count, does it?”
“My son reads magazines, but that doesn’t count, does it?”
“My husband reads the newspaper but that’s not enough of a reading model, is it?”
“Those graphic novels? Do those count?”
And I say over and over again, “Any reading counts.” Really. Any reading at all gives children exposure to unique vocabulary. Any reading helps children build their reading stamina. Any reading gives kids confidence that they can read.
That’s why I was happy to discover both of my girls reading this morning. Even if Katherine, age 4, was ‘reading’ my School Library Journal and Caroline, age 7, was reading her school directory. Because any reading counts.