When I was a kid, reading was cool….
Let me explain what I mean. When I was growing up, there was so much media and promotion to get children to read. It’s not that it isn’t the case now, but kids today are of a different generation, and their interests seem geared towards other things. To make a disclaimer, I’m not saying that kids today don’t have an interest in reading at all, because a lot of them do, but there is a difference in prevalence as far as age groups. Some age groups, as I have observed, seem to read more than others.
When I found out about the joys of reading as a kid I was like this:
I was told a that a book could take me to different places without going anywhere. I was pretty excited. Plus I had a heavy dose of imagination:
It also helped that I had lots of fun multimedia to show me how awesome reading was. Anybody out there remember this?
It encouraged me to read even more than I already did. Each episode centered on a theme from a book, or other children’s literature, which was explored through a number of segments or stories. The show also recommended books for kids to look for when they went to the library. It changed my life!
Not only were there shows like “Reading Rainbow” that solely focused on reading, but a lot of other shows had themes and/or reading books as a hobbies such as:
This song was and still is one of my favorite jams.
To get to point of my entire post, I personally feel there is lack of media in getting people to read. It’s not like it not entirely there, but it doesn’t seem to be as much “in your face” as the TV shows, music, and other media that I grew up with. Or maybe it’s just a different generation with different types of advertisements of some sort. Sure we have the cool government sponsored commercials and the many, many booktubers, and other internet fun stuff showing how cool it is to read, but it just feels different.
My own friends are split into the types that love the read and the others that don’t. I can’t even fathom growing up and not experiencing the joy of a book. It is so much more than words on pages. There are endless genres and as Dr.Seuss would say, “Oh the places you’ll go”.
How do you feel about this? What reading media did you grow up with? Do you think it has changed, or is it just geared differently? Let me know, I want to hear what you think.
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