‘Forcing young people to read a book is counterproductive’

‘Forcing young people to read a book is counterproductive’
‘Forcing young people to read a book is counterproductive’

Rindert Kromhout, known for his historical stories for young people at The Language State, does not think that you should force young people to read a book. “You have to stimulate them, inspire them, make them curious about a book.” That reports NPO Radio 1.

According to Kromhout, this is an important task for education. “Of course it already starts at the teacher training colleges and teacher training courses. That is where the foundation must be laid. There, teachers themselves must be properly trained in literature.”

Writing children’s books

Kromhout himself also writes a lot for young people. His last book was published in May The Puppeteer of Lampedusa, but he started writing children’s books. “Because of the way I wrote, they became stories that were also suitable for children.”


Teachers have to prepare it well, otherwise you won’t get the students along because they don’t feel like it. Conversely, it is also possible that students are very enthusiastic about books. “At those schools they talked to the children about the books and told them about the backgrounds. Those children will never forget that, those are fantastic conversations,” says Kromhout.

By: National Education Guide / Femke van Arendonk

The article is in Dutch

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