little messy missy

little messy missy

Monday, June 24, 2013

How To Trick Kids Into Reading

I was watching my sisters two beautiful (and very wiggly) kids for a few day while she was out of town. They are not very big readers. To encourage reading, I went to the library and checked out a dozen beautifully illustrated children books. Now here was the catch, one of the 12 books contained a swear word. (Come on, I remember the first time I read a swear word in a book, I damn near wore out the page rereading it at the tender age of 8, the book was James and the Giant Peach!) Now I told these bright children that inside these beautiful and magical books that not only would you travel to faraway places and become kings and queens, and even a toad, but there was also a SWEAR WORD!!!! I would not tell them which book-after all, begging means nothing to a seasoned veteran like myself! Read on!!! Let the games begin. They read all the books even after they found the swear word!!!!
Planting the seeds of reading one swear word at a time!


Kami Essig said...

Hahaha I love this. So funny, and a great idea!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hahahaha, you're so clever and you sure know kids!

Kristine said...

Being a former librarian, I cannot tell you how many times I got kids reading by handing them a book with a swear word in it! OR handing them a comic book...

... and then I got to deal with a parent who pitched a fit. Always fun. :)

BUT, that kid almost always became a reader once I was done with them. >:)

Sunny Lee said...

Sounds like they had some good time reading and finding :)

jason said...

Ha! God bless you!

I use this very strategy with Chaucer :)

Love your blog by the way!

Camille Paul said...

Since my kids are in high school they hear many swear words EVERY day by teachers and students alike. So this wouldn't work. But I wish I would have known about this 10 years ago.Cute!


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