[…] Still, I’m a firm believer in parents and kids reading books together well into middle school. Talking about books is simply fun. And if the book happens to touch on an issue that your middle schooler is struggling with, it can create a marvelous opportunity to talk about some deeply personal issues from a not-so-personal angle. That gives your child a chance to think about how he or she would respond if a similar situation came up in the real world, and you a chance to dole out some parental wisdom without making your child think you are chastising her actual behavior. […]