When should I let my child pick her own books if I disagree with them?
December 12, 2011 12:44 PM Subscribe
When should I let my child read Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid??
posted by lynnie-the-pooh to education (60 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
She is 7 years old and likes books like Nancy Drew (the younger age series), Magic Treehouse, Junie B., Babymouse, Black Lagoon series, American Girl, etc.
But recently, she has been asking me if she can read Harry Potter books and Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. I think she can handle the books as far as "reading" them, since she is in second grade but reads around a third grade level. My concern is the content. I know Harry Potter has some violence in it, and I've looked over the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" book and I saw words like "moron" and "sissy". Words that are not even in my daughter's vocabulary.
I know all about sitting with my child and explaining right from wrong, but I just don't know if I want to expose her to this content at age 7. However I don't want to hold her back and not let her be excited about books. I mean, if she really wants these books, should I just step aside and let her read them?