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Acceptable Fantasy Reading For Elementary Students
In Elementary Schools there is a need for children to read x number of pages of books to achieve successful grades. Now there is a problem with quantity over quality. As a parent of a hardcore gaming child who survived Elementary school, I have a few suggestions.
Yes, the Dungeon and Dragons Player Handbook and Monster Manual are acceptable reading. Why? Because as the parent I said so. However, these books have limited pages and teachers want to see different books and page counts with the parent signature. The young reader may be asked to explain what they have read as well. This will be the key in if the young reader and the teacher agree if the page count is acceptable. In our case, the child schooled the teacher in various challenge rating monsters and the pages counted. Parent Points!
Yet, this argument grows old. I suggest that you introduce Tolkien and Lewis, for reading. The reason is that this is Tolkien and Lewis were friends and many of the things read and discovered in the Player’s Handbook and Monster Manual will be hidden in their books. The series of books have lots of pages that teachers will joyfully accept for those reading requirements. Your child will joyfully read and do the homework because those elements from the books spill over to the other books over and over. Lucky for you as a parent, you most likely already have these volumes of books in your library.
Reading is knowledge and knowing how heroes win is just as important. This way everyone wins in the quest for page counts. Trust me on this one. Teachers have a hard time counting “studying” the Monster Manual for page counts no matter how well your child is at finding loopholes in the system.