9 out of 10 middle grade aged boys agree: stories with gross humor beat…any other story! As a mom of a now teenaged boy, I recall rather vividly my occasional struggle to make him read–preferably every day!...more
I’m not sure where I first heard about the recently published Pam Allyn’s Best Books for Boys but the title grabbed my attention immediately. I am always interested in book recommendations for kids. At the same time, I tend to be a little wary of lists made specifically for boys, since they are often heavily weighted toward stories about boys with female protagonists nowhere to be found.
We all are gadget freaks and computer addicts entangled in the world web. Despite of numerous predictions the death of a BOOK is still majorly exaggerated. The old trusted information and pleasure source has been around for thousands of years and it is here to stay. Nothing can compare to this blissful moment of the bedtime story: snuggling up with your little star under the comfy blanket and reading an exciting story....more
Is seems like the one issue that keeps going around and around is about books for boys. Where are they? What are the good ones? Why aren't there more? There are plenty of great books. Why do they have be "boy" books and "girl" books? Bloggers have started to consider that maybe we've been asking the wrong question. Maybe the question isn't about where the books for boys are but why boys need books about boys? Why is it that boys can't read books about girls?
This past week on CNN Glenn Beck and his guest, author Ted Bell, raised a few hackles with both male and female readers. It seems that because boys don't go around running to the rescue of girls in stories anymore boys are being emasculated. Yes, we're damaging young boys by not writing and publishing books with strong male characters, because boys (and men) can only be strong when girls (and women) are weak. Who wants to join me in the "Give me a break!" corner?
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