There is much debate raging on the blogosphere about the quality of boy’s reading these days. My own opinion is to let the boys read what the boys want to read – even if it includes page after page of toilet humour. My household seems to exist with day after day of potty talk. At least when they’re reading it, I don’t have to hear it.
However, I also believe that kids need a limit to how much they should read on the subject. I decided about a year ago to take Zombie Butts from Uranus from their hands and have yet to return it. That is one book that had too much influence of their topics of discussion (poo, poo, and more poo.)
When it’s time for the boys to be exposed to some classics, I read a book aloud. It’s incredible that even a 10 year old still enjoys listening to his mother read a story. So my advice to parents who are worried their their boys are being overexposed to “crappy” literature? Just mix it up… Like dessert after dinner, introduce a new dish and encourage them to try it. Once they realize it’s pretty good after all, let them have their dessert.
Here’s an interesting post on the topic