The general assumption in our culture is that children must be taught to read. Vast amounts of research go into trying to figure out the scientifically best way to do this…heated debates…have raged for decades between those who believe that most emphasis should be placed on teaching phonics and those who take what is called a "whole language" approach to reading instruction…
The evidence from the standard schools is that reading does not come easily to kids. Huge amounts of time and effort go into teaching reading, from preschool on through most of the elementary school years…
people involved in the "unschooling" movement and the Sudbury "non-school" school movement…claim that reading need not be taught at all! As long as kids grow up in a literate society, surrounded by people who read, they will learn to read. They may…get a few pointers from others who already know how to read, but they will take the initiative in all of this and orchestrate the entire process themselves
While chatting with some friends, I asked about the list of books which they read which made a big impact on them while they were teenagers. I have one myself and thought of collecting the suggestions so that people are take a view and I can also read the ones which I missed. Thanks to all who helped 🙂
Here’s the list, do comment if I have missed out on anything.