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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 07/18/2012

Pint-sized Post reader wins Reddit’s heart

And they say that young people don’t read the paper anymore:


James Nichols and his daughter read the Style section of The Post. (Amanda Nichols - Courtesy of the Nichols family.)

Simon Owens, an assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report, uploaded this image a day ago to Reddit and Imgur of his friend James Nichols and his two-and-a-half-year old daughter Olivia’s reading routine. It’s been viewed more than half-a-million times.

Nichols’ has the Washington Post sports section, Olivia’s snagged Style (smart kid!). We’d like to take this opportunity to commend her, and any other pint-size readers out there, for using our paper for its intended purpose, rather than their papier-mâché art projects, or just putting the newsprint in their mouth.

The photo isn’t staged, said Amanda Jade Nichols, Olivia’s mother — her daughter regularly “reads” the newspaper with her dad. Here, Olivia has picked up the Style section from June 23, featuring our story about the Evermay Estate on the section front.

“James was sitting there reading the paper, and she always wants to do whatever everyone else was doing,” said Nichols. “Instead of reading one of her books, she was interested in how big the newspaper was.”

The Nichols family, who live in Potomac, Md., are subscribers, but they usually read the paper online.

“We read a ton, because that’s the kind of people we are — we have magazines and papers everywhere,” she said. “She always picks up the paper — it’s the color photos that draw her to it.”
Olivia Nichols, age two and a half, reads the Washington Post. (Amanda Nichols - Courtesy of the Nichols family)

Commenters praised the father-daughter smarts on display here: “Kudos for daddy not giving his kid an ipad, but a proper funnypages newspaper instead,” wrote Sokonomi, while MissMamie0 reminisced, ”My dad and I used to do the same thing every Sunday morning when I was little - one of those memories I'll never forget :)”

So, maybe this is evidence that the print newspaper industry isn’t so bad off (Please? Buy a paper today?). Or maybe just yet another sign that our colleagues in KidsPost do a fantastic job.

Update 4:00 p.m.: Linda Epstein, senior photo editor for the McClatchy Washington bureau, sends in a photo of her own little Post reader: Her son Connor Root, a comics fan at six months old. “Also not posed. Promise. Dad was too busy photographing Mom with her head buried in the Sports page,” wrote Epstein in an e-mail. Connor is now eight.


Connor Root, age six months, reads the Washington Post comics section. (Courtesy of Linda Epstein)

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