This article on BBC News caught my eye the other day - Keep reading with your children, parents urged. Apparently 44% of the parents surveyed rarely or never read to their children after their 7th birthday. Actually, this surprised me, because that means that 56% still do, and that still seems pretty high to me. I know that my parents weren't still reading aloud to me at that age, and I don't think I would have wanted them to, I think I was quite happy reading by myself.
I've never imagined myself reading aloud to my children once they could read confidently themselves. However I do love reading to Harry at the moment, and I am impatient so start reading some more grown up books with him. At the moment he's at the very beginning of the learning-to-read-scheme from school, and he's bringing home the books which just have pictures for him to tell the story. I'm afraid I find it difficult (and boring) to 'read' these books with him - he's read them at school that day so he knows the story already, and he's not interested in discussing the illustrations. I prefer to read a more involved story with him (the Mr Men books have been favourites for a little while, or some of the Ladybird books with a longer story) and then he can ask questions based on what he has understood from my reading.
Obviously I don't have any experience of older children, and I really would love to know what sort of books parents read to their children that can already read themselves. Do you read books that they are capable of reading by themself, or do you read books that are beyond their reading level?