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Tiered Reading for Children
Publishing companies should prominently mark the age group their books are suitable for
 NO. 16 APRIL 20, 2017
Guangming Daily

April 10

Publishing companies should prominently mark the age group their books are suitable for, according to a draft guideline for promoting reading nationwide issued by the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council. It also states that the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television and educational authorities should promote a tiered reading system according to the physical and mental development stages of juveniles.

Many parents have faced difficulty choosing suitable reading materials for their children. They are bewildered by the wide array of books available and find it hard to make choices.

There have been repeated calls for introducing a tiered reading system for young people in recent years. For instance, a guideline for children's development (2011-20) promulgated by the State Council in 2011 vowed to promote such a system by providing various age groups with suitable books and offering parents suggestions and guidance in selecting books for their children.

The key to promoting such a system is to treat reading as a spiritual enjoyment, rather than as a competition of intelligence. Such a system will prevent kindergarten children from reading middle school students' books in order to excel.

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