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Do young kids lack reading culture?

  • Evaries Rosita

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 22 2009   /  04:36 pm

If most kids today don't like reading, culture is often blamed as if it were the sole causal factor contributing to the lack of interest in reading among them. Our culture, it is often said, is a culture that does not encourage people to read. It is an oral culture, not reading culture, as is generally known. This generalization, however, is not entirely correct. In fact, it is quite hard to see the correlation of cultural aspects and one's interest in literacy. Young kids are basically avid readers. They like reading, and in fact, much of their time reading. Many bookstores are crowded with young kids reading books. Public libraries and community libraries are now popular and are on the rise, meeting young people's need for access to books. Recent studies in literacy development have revealed that children and adults take advantage of access to books they find en...