A Note About Ages And Reading Levels

Reading levels and books written for people of certain agesLibrarians and teachers and booksellers like to organize books and other reading material according to grade level and age. That can be very helpful. It lets you know what, generally, to expect from a book before you start reading it. A book for grades 4-9, ages 9-13, is not likely to be about geo-political economic theory (or if it is it won’t use such horribly boring phrases as “geo-political economic theory”). The age and grade designation does not mean that people older or younger than the suggested group won’t like the book. When I was a kid I read a lot of my parents’ books and just skimmed over the big hunks I couldn’t make sense of. As an adult many, if not most, of my favorite books are intended for middle-school-aged readers. I think The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Pinkwater is one of the best books ever written, and it is a picture book.

So the point of all this is that this Web site is – roughly – for readers aged 13-17 or so, grades 7-12, but not really. It’s actually for anyone who is interested in lots of different things, likes to read and think about things, and prefers not to be weighed down with phrases like “geopolitical economic theory” even if they happen to be reading about geopolitical economic theory.

Of course, on this site I’ll generally avoid subjects (such as sex) and words (such as *@#!!#) that might get me booted out of cyberspace. That way if you are under 18 years old or so, you’ll be allowed to visit here whenever you like, which I hope will be often. I make no promises, however, about gross things (dung beetles, flesh-eating bacteria, parasitic wasps). Just fair warning.

Except for those words I’ve agreed to avoid (*@#!!#), all words are fair game here. Words can be fun (scrutinize, ululate), and the best way to learn new ones is to meet them at parties – that is, encounter them while reading. That way you can take a close look at them, see how they are used and how they are spelled; you can try them out, get to know them a bit. And if it looks like the two of you might get along, you can take them home and use them yourself.

One of the advantages to reading online is that if you come across a word you don’t know and can’t make out the meaning from the context, you can just pop over to your favorite online dictionary (I like www.merriam-webster.com) and look it up. Then you can pop right back to the article or story you were reading.

So whatever your age or grade, you are welcome here. If something looks interesting, jump right in.



PS – Another fair warning: Adults may find some of the material here challenging, but that shouldn’t put them off. Once their minds recover from phrases like “geopolitical economic theory,” they’ll do fine.