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In the next issue of Kiwiparent we cover the value of reading and fostering reading habits in your children.  

Renowned British scientist and atheist Richard Dawkins made waves this week after launching a scathing attack on children's fairy tales.

He told a science festival audience that parents should ditch fairy stories in order to "foster a spirit of scepticism" in their children.

The Times reports he said: "I think it's pernicious to inculcate into a child a view of the world which includes supernaturalism. Even fairy tales, the ones we all love, about witches and wizards or princes turning into frogs. There's a very interesting reason why a prince could not turn into a frog. It's statistically too improbable."

But John McIntyre, owner of The Children's Bookshop in Wellington, disagrees: "My theory is literacy is a ladder, and you have got to get them on the ladder - whatever gets them there, whether it's fairy tales or science. Whatever they want to read, let them read it."

What do you think? Skepticism or fantasy for budding readers?

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