Should you be worried that Jr. just wants to read the same damn book every day? No. Unless the book is something like Mein Kampf or anything by “Donald Trump” or Norman Mailer, et al., it’s fine. While this tiny advice column article addresses younger readers, my 17-year-old has always read and reread his favourites. The last few years he’s done this with the first two books of the legendarily-late-to-complete Patrick Rothfuss fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle (in which no king has yet been killed, I might add). I’m okay with that, since I’ve also read those. Though the conspiracy theories about what’s behind the Doors of Stone are getting a bit stretched, I tell you. Anyway, point being, he’s decided to become a writer based on his love of this one series (not his poet dad and novelist/screenwriter step-mom), and for that I have to give Patrick Rothfuss credit where credit is due and say, “Screw you, nerd, he could have been a scientist.”
Kids love repetition—watching the same movies, singing the same songs, and, yes, reading the same books. They’re hard-wired to prefer familiarity, probably an evolutionary thing that helps keep babies close to their caretakers.
But repetition also helps kids learn. One study showed that hearing the same words in the same story helped more than hearing the same words in different stories.