Since one of my contracts ended I have been making ends meet as a tutor.
I love it more than I thought possible.
One part of my tutoring is something I like to call reading counseling. Where I talk to the kid--most often 7th/8th grade boys and I match a book with their personality and keep trying until something sticks. I am very successful at this.
Tonight I was reading The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems to Lotus. She was giggling all over it--and I think I realized why kids are having so much trouble finding something to read.
We have collectively lost our sense of humor--and think kids should too.
Tell me, seriously, what was the last Newberry award winner where someone didn't die? Or even if all the named characters made it through alive--was there humor? Brown Girl Dreaming was beautiful--but it wasn't a happy story.
How do we expect kids to escape into books when the stuff in books is as depressing or more than what they are escaping from?
I know of some books that are fun and funny and escapist, but they are looked down on by teachers. Reading these books don't "count" as much. If you put the fun back in books--you'll have more people reading for fun.