You sneak them into backpacks and let them commingle with the video games (hoping some of the latter’s appeal will rub off). You lay them around the kids’ beds like stepping stones through the Slough of Despond and, for good measure, Vitamix them to an imperceptible pulp for the occasional smoothie.
Books are everywhere in your house, and yet … they’re not being consumed. Because it’s summer, and kids have so many other things they’d rather do.
Daniel Willingham, a psychologist at the University of Virginia and the author of Raising Kids Who Read, doesn’t champion reading for the obvious reasons — not because research suggests that kids who read for pleasure do better in school and in life.
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