Do Books Based on TV Shows Make Kids Want to Read?

Last week, while doing a ton of back to school shopping, I came across a set of books based on the Time Warp Trio TV show. My son seemed excited to get them, since he likes the show. I thought this would be a great way to pump up his brain muscles, as they’ve atrophied due to a summer of sports, movie rentals, camp and late night Guitar Hero face-offs. When we arrived home, my husband took one look at the books and laughed at my frivolous purchase. “Seriously, you’re buying him books based on TV shows? That’s just going to make him want to watch more TV," he said to me.

I tested his theory among friends and found that a lot of people think buying books about kids' TV shows like Hannah Montana and Phineas and Ferb are just promoting more hours in front of the tube. I disagree. Isn’t it possible that it’s the other way around? Could it be that these books based on popular television shows are promoting more literacy? I know it’s not Little Women or The Hobbit or even Harry Potter, but these books are getting my son -- who finds reading boring -- to read. That has to mean something!

Do you think books based on TV shows makes kids want to read? Chime in below!

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