Classics: Why We Should Encourage Children to Read Them

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Re: Classics: Why We Should Encourage Children to Read Them

Post by Echendu Daniel » 30 May 2018, 02:57

Encouraging kids to read classics should be that thing we really want to do. Because reading classics isn't all in the name of reading a book but it should be because we want them to have fun reading.

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Post by Britty01 » 30 May 2018, 18:13

Fiza Pathan of Mumbai, India sounds like a very smart young woman. I admire her for her conviction
that reading Classic books is good for young people to improve their minds and imagination.

I am glad I had such good books to read as a child and young adult growing up in England.

Thanks for the insight into this book and the inclusion of some of her comments, one of which
particularly struck me as being sad but true:

“Children need a bit of good fiction to nourish them in a world that seems out to kill them”.

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Post by Mely918 » 03 Jun 2018, 12:33

I agree that we should encourage kids to read classics. They are classics for a reason. They are the books that have passed the test of time. Especially for an aspiring author, reading classics can help them learn the kind of writing and themes that would most appeal to readers.

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Post by ShareTheGift » 12 Jul 2018, 01:08

I wanted to also copy something I listed in another forum regarding readers because I thought it would be good to bring it over here as well.

Those interested in reading classics or picking out classics for a young reader there is a perfect site for you where you can get all these for free.

Because these books are older and out of copyright Project Gutenberg has many of them in the over 57,000 books for free collection. H. G. Wells, Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Lewis Carroll, Howard Melville, Charles Dickens, Jules Verne, Mark Twain (take these with a grain of salt due to the language of the times has racial overtones) and so many other classic authors. You can even find some books they can use for reference if they writing about philosophers like Plato/Homer.

It is a real find for anyone looking for classics and there are also some books written in other languages!

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Post by Sophia Villo » 18 Aug 2018, 20:14

cristhian wrote:
19 Sep 2013, 10:07
I am really grateful that this types of sites are available to our community, in spite of the fact that many people nowadays are losing the habit of reading. Children are the ones who need to carry on this habit, therefore we as grown ups have to foster reading at schools, mostly. I think the best way to do so is through tales or with eye-appealing illustrations like for instance I`ve bought this book titled "Treasure Island (Sterling Illustrated Classics)" which I got and my kids enjoy it a lot you know since it has plenty of images.

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Growing up I had several classics in a series not only with illustrations, but with interesting tidbits and explanations of unfamiliar things that a young reader might not understand. Needless to say, they were among my favorites and there reason I love classics today. I wish I could remember what that series was, if anyone has any ideas.

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Post by Serena_Charlotte » 22 Aug 2018, 22:09

I think it's important for teachers to read books from every era. Just as the writing from the Age of Enlightenment to World War II is significantly different, so are modern books from classics. English teachers make a point of pointing out the differences between the socio-economic, and sometimes political, spheres that influenced the writing during that time but fail to show its relevance in our time and how modern writing has changed as well. Getting students more involved with modern writing shouldn't be to "get the kids more interested in reading" at all. Rather, it should be just another unit in an English class showing the gradual shift in writing styles and genres over different time periods.
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Post by MNProfMomof10 » 21 Oct 2018, 19:08

Yes! Yes! And Yes!!
Children should be exposed to age appropriate classic literature! They should see real world issues that have been faced over history, some faced nobly and some well, not so nobly. I believe that in addition to reading classics though, it is important for the next generation to have one moral compass to reflect the situations they face in those tales. Adding the Bible in their literary diet provides the greatest story ever told and gives a solid foundation for feeling self actualized and whole.

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