Children No Longer Reading Children’s Books

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Children’s picture books that is–which is an even bigger outrage!

Apparently book sellers are reporting that thanks to pressure from demanding parents, children are spending less and less time reading picture books and are moving straight into text-heavy, picture-less chapter books–some as early as age 4.

“I see children pick up picture books, and then the parents say, ‘You can do better than this, you can do more than this,’” Dara La Porte, a book store manager in Washington, told the New York Times. “It’s a terrible pressure parents are feeling — that somehow, I shouldn’t let my child have this picture book because she won’t get into Harvard.”

Though, in NewsFeed’s opinion, it’s hardly the pressure on parents that’s worrisome; what about the pressure on kids? (via the New York Times)