The reason I bring this up is partially because it was Dr. Seuss’ birthday the other day, but also because this is something I think about every single time I pick up a children’s book. Now, I read a lot of these. A large majority of my life currently is spent around children who are reading. This has a lot to do with my job, of course, as I teach reading skills primarily and therefore many of the children’s books I read with my students, often times over and over again.
For example, I read The Princess and the Pizza six times in the past year.
And then, of course, there is my niece. She admittedly doesn’t love reading just yet, which makes me rather sad, but she has consented to let me read to her on a number of occasions. She’s a little more interested in roughhousing. But then there is my boyfriend’s niece (who I spent a good portion of last summer with), a little girl utterly enamored with Curious George and insisted that I read it to her fifty times while I lived there. Needless to say, I got pretty sick of George after a while. And I have to say, that book has a very sad theme. Where I had originally believed that George followed the man in the yellow hat to New York, I came to learn that he was kidnapped instead! It was kind of disappointing.
What this all boils down to in the end is Goodreads. While I adore children’s books and I deeply value their place in this world, I’ve always felt a little weird about adding them to my read list. I feel especially odd adding them to my Goodreads challenge. It almost feels like cheating. I’ve added them on occasion, mainly simply to the read shelf and not counted them in the challenge, but that also feels off because I technically did read a book.
I feel like I’ll have to come to some sort of middle ground with this at some point in the future, but part of me does want to include them, even if that does mean I’ll have it listed that I read fewer pages. It’s an interesting conundrum that I keep coming back to. And I dunno how I’ll feel about it later.
How about you guys? What are your thoughts? Would you add the books? Count them in the challenge? Do you feel like it’s cheating? Let me know!
Happy reading, everyone!