Quote of the Day: Maya Angelou
“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him” (Maya Angelou).
Today, I chose a quote that focused around reading. Maya Angelou thinks that if a child picks a book up and starts reading that it is a good book. Some people though, do not agree with this idea. I am an English major at my college and we constantly debate over this topic. People who do not agree with this opinion state that only books worth reading, like classic literature, can stimulate a child’s mind. I personally believe that not all children can relate to classic literature, especially the younger children. Younger children would not be able to read classic literature anyway. Some people also argue that the younger generation reads “trashy” novels, or novels that would not develop a child’s mind. Twilight is an example of a book that came up that was considered “trashy,” no offense to Twilight readers. However, I could argue in defense of books like Twilight. My favorite books to read growing up came from the Harry Potter series. I would stay up all night to read the newest book and would not put it down until it was finished. When I was a younger I could not appreciate classic literature. I remember I had to read Old Man and the Sea in the 8th grade and I could not stand it! To the this day, I refuse to read that book again and it is one of my least favorite books. I am sure the book is wonderful, but because I was exposed to it at such a young age I did not understand the deeper meaning in the novel. What are your thoughts on this topic? Pleas post your comments below, thanks for reading!