How Captain Underpants Books Encourage a Lifelong Love of Reading

September 26, 2013 Comments Off on How Captain Underpants Books Encourage a Lifelong Love of Reading

How Captain Underpants Encourages Kids to Love Reading

This weekend when we were at the National Book Festival, my kids were thrilled to visit Scholastic and find that they were handing out Captain Underpants posters and temporary tattoos. It’s no secret that my kids are fans of Captain Underpants and while the potty humor and misspellings by characters George and Harold don’t make it the finest piece of literature, there is something to be said about the way it motivates my kids to read and discuss the ridiculous adventures the characters have in each book.

But did you know that Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series was the most challenged book in 2012 meaning that the American Library Association received the most complaints about it compared to any other book or series that year?

Whether you’re surprised or not, there’s lots that kids can learn from Captain Underpants and even though it may make you cringe, I describe how the challenged Captain Underpants Series Encourages Reluctant Young Readers to Love Reading through my Tech Savvy Parents column on

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