I think kids deserve the same. There is a time for the simple and silly and time for the complex and complicated. Why does all school reading have to be "good for you" books? Why, also, do we feel the need to relegate YA and children's lit to reading for pleasure? Recently, someone remarked to me after a booktalk that it was nice to know reluctant and struggling readers had some good books from which to select. The booktalk, by the way, included Leslea Newman's October Mourning and Adam Rapp's THE CHILDREN AND THE WOLVES. I see this disregard for "popular" (another put down) literature often. CCSS has made it even more prevalent I fear.
We need to help people down off those high horses and open their eyes to the wonder of children's and YA literature. We need to stand up, too, and not just defend these books but demonstrate how essential they are to lifelong readers. I do not have much time for adult books, but when I do it tends to be Stephen King I read. To date, no one has called me out as being an indolent reader. Let's give kids this same courtesy.