Sometimes Bubba will find a book that Daisy has read and he squirrels it away. Enticed, I assume, by both the cover and Daisy’s interest, I often will find her books stuffed under his pillow on his bed or in the bathroom, where he sort of surreptitiously reads them.
I’m not sure why he seems to hide them–we’ve never given either of them any grief over reading “boys” or “girls” stuff. In our house, every printed word is fair game.
He doesn’t just grab her books though. We have subscriptions to a number of kids’ magaizines, and he’s equally excited when her Discovery Girls magazine arrives in the mail, as he is when National Geographic Kids shows up.
As a mother, I’m glad he picks up his sister’s reading. At least he’ll get a good look into the mind of girls–perhaps it will help his future relationships, and that’s all good. Daisy makes great choices in her reading, too, so I am totally fine with him reading anything she reads.
I recently I read an article, “Guys Read Judy Blume Too…” over on Jezebel, so at least I know he’s in good company. But I want to help him find more books that are like Judy Blume, or Lauren Myracle, only for boys. I’m not sure where to find them. Where is today’s S. E. Hinton?
I also wonder how it is that we can change things up a bit and make it a bit cooler for boys to be readers. But that’s a challenge for another day.
I’m on a mission to find good Middle Grade fiction for Bubba. Not because I don’t want Bubba to be reading my daughters books, but because I want him to find himself in the protagonists of books he reads, like Daisy and I have. I feel like he is searching for that, but hasn’t yet come up with the right fit.
He needs something beyond Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the like. Something he can sink his teeth into, but he’s not really ready for Y.A. yet.
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