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One of my favorite bloggers, Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcy, recently issued a reading challenge to her readers for the new year. Instead asking them to set a goal for number of books or amount of time to spend reading, she’s challenging readers to read 12 books in 12 categories in 12 months. The categories range from “a book that ‘everyone’ has read but you” to “a book that was originally published in another language.”
I usually set a goal each year to read a certain number of books and keep myself accountable by tracking what I read on Goodreads, but I’ve never tried this approach and I look forward to the challenge. I’ll be joining Anne on Pinterest and can’t wait to see what others choose for each of the categories.
In addition, I’ve created a similar challenge for elementary aged children.
If your children are anything like mine, they tend to gravitate towards the same types of books over and over again. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but everyone can benefit from mixing it up. This is especially great for those kids who love goal setting and relish any challenge. Other kids may need to be persuade with a reward – perhaps a small treat for each book read or a larger incentive for completing the challenge.
Feel free to use this sheet at home or in the classroom or media center. I’ve also created a blank version, so kids can come up with their own challenge for themselves.
Like most rumors, there’s a bit of truth to it. Of course, there are always exceptions, but for the most part, girls are more into reading than boys.
In earlier grades, boys may be slower to grasp the fundamentals of reading in their class. Once they’re older, reading for pleasure is often viewed “uncool.” More often the books available at home and at school simply aren’t interesting to them.
I have had doubts about starting this blog. Do I really believe that there is “boy reading” and “girl reading” or that books should be categorized along gender lines? I was conflicted. As much as I love the idea of girls reading adventures of pirates and ninjas and boys reading heartwarming novels of love and friendship, my own two boys gravitate toward books that are clearly geared for to their gender, featuring graphic novel style pictures, silly super hero characters and burps and farts.
I wondered, and I still do, is that a good thing though? Are we dumbing down reading with the hope of luring boys in? Should we introduce them to the best stuff out there? Yes. Not Necessarily. Yes, of course!
Many educators and other literacy experts agree that the key to getting boys to read is finding the right books. And this doesn’t mean just gross out humor. The topics boys will find interesting in almost innumerable but every boy is different. Those responsible for choosing books for boys or parents, who are hoping to fuel of life long love of reading, may have to work a little to find books that their boys love.
So, that’s why I started this blog. To help hook boys up with books they can’t put down.
I truly believe that the right book (or magazine, graphic novel, etc.) can convert any reluctant reader, boy or girl, into a book lover and help them develop a strong literacy foundation that will benefit them throughout their school career and the rest of their lives.
I’m a book loving mother of two boys – Joshua, 8, and Andrew, 7. There is nothing more delightful and indulgent to me than getting lost in a good book, whether I’m lying under an umbrella on the beach, snuggled up under a blanket on the couch or sitting in the carpool line. Books I have always … read more