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This is heartbreaking - Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Children (NYTimes.com)

Betty Ray Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/08/us/08picture.html The economic downturn is certainly a major factor, but many in the industry see an additional reason for the slump. Parents have begun pressing their kindergartners and first graders to leave the picture book behind and move on to more text-heavy chapter books. Publishers cite pressures from parents who are mindful of increasingly rigorous standardized testing in schools. /quote Is this happening with your parents? This seems totally crazy to me.

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Well, I am not a parent here,

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Well, I am not a parent here, but as the principal, I can tell you that there is not pressure to move kids to chapter books in kindergarten and first grade. In fact, for instructional purposes, even for second and third grade, chapter books are not as beneficial as either picture books or short texts. We teach comprehension strategies using a variety of texts, and if a student were to be locked into Henry and Ribsy in reading instruction, we would be very limited in our ability to teach. Chapter books are perfectly appropriate for kids to read indpendently.

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