I just posted this a few months ago here but I am so passionate about the topic that I chose to post it again in case anyone missed it:
Going. Going. Gone.
The idea of novels is fading. We have worked too hard and for too many years to float those brick-like things. We have wanted from them more than they can provide. Do we ask young kids to read novels that are too hard for them? And the fact that nobody can seem to write a really simple novel is an indictment of the idea that it can even be done. So why in level one do we want to get kids reading so fast? And why in the upper levels do we keep pushing kids to read above their levels?