Read all of it before you come with pitchforks!!!!
As a self proclaimed bibliophile, I have bookshelves upon bookshelves of books from my early childhood well into my various college and graduate courses. My parents were amazing and even have the box of all of my papers from kindergarten and first grade. Some may say it may border on being a hoarder, but it really pains me when I think of families who throw out outgrown books like old clothing.
Imagine that first book that you loved so much when you were a child. It got you interested into reading. It is timeless, it was your gateway book. For some people, you don’t know what book that is until you get much older. You know what book that is because you have read it so much that you need tape and other mediums to keep it together. During my presentation, one of my families stated that they would throw out the Junie B. Jones books that his daughter reads so much that she doesn’t read anything else. The teacher in me says sure, “Go ahead put the book away,” but the bibliophile in me says “NO!!!! PLEASE DON’T!!!”
When a child finds the book that gets them into reading, it is always good to keep the book around. It reminds students of where they came from as a reader and should be kept as a memento for when they are reading five million text books. Books are a part of her childhood. By throwing the book away instead of just putting it away you are forcing them to lose a piece of their innocence.
The early chapter books and comic books are like candy to reading children. It may not be helpful to their reading levels, but it will help sustain their love of reading. They revisit those books when times get hard or need a familiar adventure.
Should they be reading these books every night? Probably not. It is okay for them to indulge in these books once in a while. You would never feed your child McDonalds or Chick-fil-a for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but you could give it to them once in a while as a treat. It is a reward. Reading a comic book or other book is like candy or McDonalds (Chick-fil-a), they are a reward, however you don’t have to do away with them completely.
So please, don’t throw out books just because your child has outgrown them. Let them decide which books are timeless and make them excited to read. Ultimately it will help them to keep their childhood.