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October 01, 2012

Harry Potter vs. Dr. Seuss

Posted in: Children's Books

It’s an absurd question really — an apples and oranges comparison, but I’ll ask it anyway:

Harry Potter books or Dr. Seuss books - which have had the most impact on kids’ reading?

And, since this is my blog, I’ll post my answer to this question first:

I believe that books by Dr. Seuss have had the greatest impact on children’s reading. Dr. Seuss books enfused the experience of parents and children reading together with a level of pleasure that had never existed before in books for early readers. How many of us have happy memories of sharing a chair with a parent and turning pictures and hearing those funny rhymes until the day came that when our parents were called away, we could continue to sit and turn those pages and read the story ourselves. Implanting the idea that reading = pleasure and learning to read could be fun has increased the desire to read in multiple generations now thanks to Dr. Seuss

I do not mean to take anything away from J.K. Rowling’s contribution to children’s literature. The idea that a book release could be a media event and book reading would be a shared experience across generations and cultures is phenomenal. But it built upon us already having a desire to read and Dr. Seuss was essential for that. Therefore my vote is that Dr. Seuss books have played a greater role in children’s reading today.

Feel free to post your opinion to the question: Harry Potter books or Dr. Seuss books which have had the most impact on kid’s reading? in the comments below.


If you’d like to provide a guest blog post on the topic (with brief author bio, linking to your website), then email me at Anne at AboonBooks dot com. You do not have to agree with me to get published. I welcome any opinions on the topic.

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