In Donalyn Miller’s book, The Book Whisperer, she refers to books that take little mental strain to read as “mind candy.” Some days I look up and see a third grader, with a fifth grade reading level, reading Dr. Seuss and wonder if I should go over and have a discussion about “Just Right” books. Then I watch as he finishes and moves on to a complex text about Earth’s layers.
I have to remember that sometimes “mind candy” is perfectly appropriate. After all, didn’t I spend days reading Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series last summer? Although candy isn’t good for us all the time, it doesn’t hurt once in a while. And it is definitely enjoyable!