An essay on the importance of allowing young people to read what they need to read aside from their assigned readings is presented. Topics include the four kinds of pleasure young people get out from the books they read outside of the school, findings from a case study conducted by the authors on a young girl who is an avid reader of romances, and a suggestion on allowing books that young people like to read into the curricula to help them become life-long readers.
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Wilhelm, Jeffrey D. and Smith, Michael W.. (2015). "They Read What They Need". California English, 20(3), 6-10.