There’s an increasingly evident gap between boys and girls when it comes to achievement in education, and part of the reason for it can be traced out of the school and into the home.
A fascinating article in Today’s Parent describes a new study which shows that parents consistently spent more time on literacy-related activities with daughters than with sons. According to this story, at least three recent studies found that boys who viewed reading as a feminine activity were less motivated to read.
From Today’s Parent:
In a 2003 Canadian study, 24 percent of second-grade boys said that reading was “a girl thing.”
“It’s very important, I think, for kids to see their dads read, for a variety of purposes — for work and for pleasure,” stresses Charles Ungerleider, a professor emeritus of the sociology of education at UBC. “Often, dads do read, but their kids don’t see it.”
Kitchener Public Library can help. We’ve got a new book club just for tween boys (Grades 4 to 6) and their father or other male role model. We meet one Saturday morning each month for a fun, informal chat about that month’s book selection. New members are always welcome. To register, call Kevin, our teens and tweens librarian, at 519.743.0271 x277 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So once you’ve finished Chomp, there are plenty more titles to choose from, both for Dad and son.
For plenty of book recommendation, reading tips, and more, Guys Read is a great website to visit.