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Do you know what your kids are reading?

Reading is fundamental, or so the saying goes. But just because a child is reading a book instead of watching TV or playing video games, that doesn't necessarily mean what they're reading is good for them.

Librarians said parents should thoroughly study what is in the books their kids are exposed to, no matter where that book is coming from.

Most parents said they know what their children are reading.

"They like scary books," said Alison Spurgeon, a parent of two children, ages 9 and 11.

"I look for books that have pictures," said Jessica Givens, who was looking for books with her five-year old daughter.

But are the books children want to read the books they should be reading?

Experts recommend reading the entire book first, but for a lot of parents, there just isn't time.
So, they said the next best thing is reading book reviews - in libraries or online.

"You can also look on vendor sites such as Amazon where people can sometimes review an item and review how successful it was for their children," said Librarian Chris Albertson.

"I look at the table of contents a lot. You can look at a book, just the first two or three lines of a chapter, and you kind of know where it's going," said Shane Evett, a parent of three.

"Just kind of flip through it...whatever is in their age section," Spurgeon said.

But, librarians said just because a child has mastered a particular reading level, that doesn't mean the book is appropriate for their age, like books found in the young adult section.

"Those books aren't necessarily segregated by the difficulty of reading, the vocabulary and the structure of the syntax but by the topics and some of those topics deal with teen suicide, drugs and those sort of things," Albertson said.

Albertson said if a child wants to read these types of books but a parent just doesn't think it's time, there's a way around it.

"My best advice would be to tell the parents to stay calm and give their children credit for being able to understand and adapt to all of the information that is available. But, to also be their guide and assist them," he said.

Exerts say it's a more important partnership than you may think.

Experts also recommend explaining to children why they can't read particular books, so they don't feel like they're being punished. They said it's a great opportunity to talk about family beliefs and standards.

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