What Should Your Child be Reading? | Harriet Hirschler

Q. My eight-year-old daughter has been sent home with abridged versions of novels such as Little Women. Are these a great way to get into literature or will they ruin the real full-length books when she is old enough to read them? Eleanor, Oxford 

From Lamb’s Tales of Shakespeare to modern mini-sets of literature, abridged children’s classics are everywhere, but I worry that they may not be the right way to encourage reading. Isla Whitcroft, author of The Cate Carlisle Files, a series of thrillers for girls (aged 10+), agrees. She says, ‘One of the key benefits of reading, apart from the…

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