my wife and I take our 4 year old son to the library once a week. he picks out his own books. for a while he was picking "beginning sign language for preschoolers" type books. I don't know why, we don't know anyone who signs, but he picked up a few signs.
we think getting familiar with books early is important, but I'm a bit of a freak. I could read at age 3. not that it helped me in life any, but without books I'd be one lonely fucker.
Overall, I agree with the points made in this article. Lee Porter, the "31 year-old rarity" cited in this article probably is indeed pretty rare, in that he came of age when many of his generation had video games and the Internet to tempt them away from reading. The love of reading catches fire early, but the conditions have to be right, also. For guys anyway. That's my amateur-sociologist observation.
Why do us males need the "right conditions" to make it happen ? Because I don't think we have the innate curiousity about DETAIL that females are born with that naturally leads to activities such as reading. Men are simpler and more end-results oriented. Don't give us the intro and expositon, we want the resolution.
(And isn't it funny that I had to capitalize DETAIL to make sure my fellow troglodytes understood ? )
(And isn't it totally an alpha-male thing that I felt compelled to seperate myself from the rest of the primates on this board by the above snarky comment ?)
I've read randomly everything since I`ve been able to do so and continue doing so to the present day.
When I was a child, there was a birthday-party organized from my parents for my xx-somewhat birthday, lots of school-friends, cake ... etc., everything there. In the middle of the thing I got bored and just disappeared.
They found me in some silent corner, reading some huge book (it must have been Karl May) with the greatest of pleasures.
I read like a fish breathes water. And, apparently, I fall into the guy category with it being the majority of what I read is musician bios, stuff about shamanism (drug induced), other assorted poetry, always a Hank book in the chair-side bookends, Existentialism/Atheism, more music bios. Shit, I got about 10 books going all at once at all times. There are fiction ones but they've all been read and shelved. Guess I just don't go out of my way for fiction much. Never really put any thought to it all until now.