Today's Monday Musings is about boys and reading . . .
Do you know of any young boys who do not like to read? Why do you think boys so often don't? What can we do to encourage them to read more? [Thoughtful post snipped; to read the complete musing, click here.] So what do you think? How do you encourage young boys to read more, or how would you?
I wish I had the answer to all of these questions. I'll address the last one. I don't have sons, so my thoughts are based on my experience with my brothers, father, husband, and nephews.
I think for boys the important thing is to keep them reading, whether it's graphic novels, action hero books, or even the daily comic strips. It's also important for them to see others reading and talking about books. Many of the men and boys in my life (all raised in reading families) didn't come around to reading until they were in their 20s. In several cases, all it took was the right the book at the right time, and in no case did that book come from a lit class assignment.
So my advice is (1) to keep buying boys what they like, (2) to read those books yourself and talk about them with the kids, (3) to stop worrying about whether they're reading great literature, and (4) to set a good example. I bet they'll come around in time. . . . And wouldn't it be great if it were just that easy!