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Jul 26, 2007

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TarGator

Here is the $64,000 question: Did the books encourage your kids to reading habits, of course excluding the reading of Harry Potter itself? Studies show that we are reading books less, especially school age children.

Eric

So that's where you've been for the past 2 days. I finished it on Tuesday. You haven't been close to phone and now I know why. Bought my copy at the Harris Teeter Friendly Shopping Center on Saturday. Got a discount with my VIC card.

Ed Cone

Eric, I've actually been holed up on deadline, reading only at night.

TG, I've seen stories saying that HP may be the only thing some kids read, and so HP is not a big deal in that regard. Seems backwards to me -- reading the series is better than reading nothing, which seems the likely alternative, and the seed once planted may still grow later in life.

I don't think our kids are a very good sample. They are growing up with English major/journalist parents, in reading house -- that's a real key of course, whether the parents read -- they would read with or without HP, important as the series has been as an avenue into literature. That said, our daughter is a voracious reader, as were both her parents as children; her brother definitely substitutes computer time for book time, although he has managed this summer to get through Slaughterhouse Five, Native Son, and of course, Deathly Hallows.

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