When kids fall in love with reading

October seems to be all about reading. I’m not sure how this has gone international: I understand October is National Reading Group Month in the USA, and November is National Novel Writing Month. But here in Singapore, both our kids school and the American Club children’s library are hosting October reading events for kids. They tally the number of pages read, and the results count either for charitable fund-raising or for a prize. These kinds of things always leave me a bit ambivalent: one would like to think that such contests would encourage reading, but if the child puts the effort in just to win, and doesn’t come out on top, does it backfire and leave them embittered? There are good arguments that it might.
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