You can call me a hater, but whenever I meet a parent who tells me their son(s) is an avid reader, I tend to get a little jealous. Both of my kids love books but to be honest, if asked which do they prefer, using computers, over reading, the computer would probably be their first choice. Am I alone? Does your son read for the sheer pleasure of reading?
Don’t get me wrong, my son is a reader but he only seems to read when I am not around. Makes sense? He says, "Mom! I read in school!" Or, "Mom! I read before you got home from school." Yeah. Yeah. And my daughter LOVES to order Scholastic books from her school orders and she too tells me she reads in school.
So over the weekend, a Facebook friend, Mike McQueen, a teacher, librarian, and a parent, responded to my post on Black Boys in Crisis, and sent me the BEST BLOG link ever! His Getting Boys To Read blog is chock-full of good ideas, effective strategies, and subliminal "tricks" on getting our boys to read.
He also has guest bloggers writing and sharing their tips, which in my opinion is brilliant, since it allows for a diverse perspective on the subject.
And with summer on the horizon, I thought it only fitting to devote a few posts this week on Getting Your Kids’ Summer Reading On.
Mike and I will also be brainstorming some ideas for his blog, so stay tuned. And in the meantime, here are two links from his site to get you started.