My son is a reader. He loves to visit our secondhand bookshop to get new books, he reads on his own all the time and he tells me that his current chapter books are too easy. (Am I bragging a little here? Yes.)
He comes from a reading family. Both his father and I love to read. I read so much that I've actually lost track of some of the books that I've read - picking up a book, only to realize that at the end of the first page I had read it before. (I guess it is good that I can remember the stories, if not always the titles.) The only time I ever kept track of the books that I read was when I did my 100 book challenge. I didn't have any problem keeping a record then, because I wanted to keep track of what I had read. Had someone told me I had to keep track of my books, I may have become resentful.
Which is exactly what happens when children have to complete a reading log. The studies on this have been small, but very telling: If you force a child to keep a reading log, it turns reading into a chore and can turn even lovers of reading into anti-readers. As my son approaches first grade, I am going to keep my eye out for this one. I already have an active reader who reads more than 20 minutes a day and is interested in a variety of books. If there is any way we can get through school without killing my little bookworm's love of literature, I am all for it.
Have you encountered the mandatory reading log at your child's school? Has it helped or hurt your child's love of reading? Tell me in the comments.