- First, I get to be there when my son's class comes in.
- Second, the kids recognize me.
- Third, I'm around books, get to see what's checked out, get to read once all the books are shelved.
- And fourth, the kids ask me for recommendations. This, I think, is my favorite part. (okay, actually it's seeing my son, but this is a close second).
I noticed a couple weeks ago fliers being handed out advertising a mother/daughter book club. Great idea, isn't it, and I've always thought once my five-year-old daughter is old enough, I would love to do this with her. But this past week it dawned on me—why is it always a mother/daughter book club? What about the boys?
We talk about how boys stop reading as they get older. We make lists of recommended books for the boys to get them to read. But are we part of the problem by not encouraging it as a "boy" activity even at a young age? When boys see these fliers for book clubs, does it associate reading with girls? Does it make reading seem less cool. Ask yourself does it encourage them to read more or less?
I'm going to do my part, not to get boys reading, but to KEEP boys reading. I vow to start a son/parent book club next year when my son hits fourth grade. It seems like the perfect age to nurture the love of reading I see in so many boys who walk into that library. They want to read cool books.
So who's with me? Who's willing to start their own son/parent book club?
More personal notes:
Special thank you to Reader Rabbit for the awesome review of THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD. My favorite line from the review:
"The Navel of the World is one of those wonderful times where the sequel of a series is even better than the first. It was funnier, more original and faster paced. This book was just so much fun to read!
Have you been curious about Critter? Check out his newest adventures with Beth Revis at Writing it Out! have fun, Critter!
If you live in the Austin area, please come to a joint book release party I'm having with Jessica Lee Anderson, author of the upcoming BORDER CROSSING.
Sunday, October 18th, 2009
And have a great week!