Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Role-Models=Reading Opportunities

November is National Inspirational Role Models Month. Whose posters are on your child’s walls? Whether its sports, music, fashion, or any other subject of special interest to your child, providing books that speak to a personal passion builds on the association of reading with pleasure. It is also a powerful way to affirm your child’s individuality.

Our teenage son Sam has always been Mr. Non-Fiction. When he was very young, he was passionate about trucks. We read everything we could get our hands on in the “truck” genre, from You Can Name 1000 Trucks to I Stink! These days, he’s into humor, baseball, and classic rock.  We offer up a lot of baseball and musician memoirs, and point him towards authors like Gary Paulsen, Gerald Durrell, Mike Lupica and Matt Christopher.  As long as he’s reading for pleasure, we’re happy.

Our seven year-old daughter Hope is all about fantasy. Her heroes are princesses, fairies, ponies and ballerinas, along with girl rock stars, fashionistas and just plain gutsy girls. (What can I say? No matter how hard we tried to be gender-neutral parents, we ended up with two gender-stereotype kids.)  She loves series books, including the Pony Pals, Rainbow Magic and Magic Treehouse series, as well as the Allie Finkle, Just Grace and Clarice Bean books.  As long as the protagonist is female!

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2 Responses to “Role-Models=Reading Opportunities”
  1. Aileen Beato says:

    HI Again Emma. I’m so thankful that I found your page in Facebook that eventually leads me to this website..:D

    Thank you for posting this. It reminds me so much of my favorite granddaughter Gie-anne. She is three years old and as early as two, I started reading her fairy tale books and now that she is three, I can tell that she has developed her passion in books.

    Whenever I visit her, she will always ask me to sleep beside her so I can tell her stories. Sometimes I will ask her to tell me stories of her own and I’m so glad that young as she is, she can already say some very child-like story, like a child who ate a candy and looses her teeth, or a girl who is being chased by a dog.

    I remember read her a about a child who looses her father because of smoking and too much addiction in the internet. I think she was going two years old then. And I think it became her favorite because she vividly remembers every character on the book. And she remembers the story story on each page by looking merely looking on the drawings. She would even prefer me to buy her books rather than toys. SOmetimes, I will allow her to pick a book that she likes. Sometimes, she would come to me with her coloring book and will ask me…..”MAMU, KUWENTO” (which means, please tell me stories in our language.)

    I just wish I she she grows older she will still have the passion in books. I just adore my little granddaughter. She’s one reason why I’m always happy and grateful 😀

    P.S. She calls your mom, Miss Julie Andrews…MI. Because she so love the scene of DO-RE-MI in the movie SOUND OF MUSIC. She also loves to look at Miss Andrews pictures on my book HOME….:D

  2. Joanna says:

    Happy Birthday Emma. Looks like this is a great long weekend of festivities for your family. ENJOY 🙂

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