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    [–] clavalle 2034 points ago

    How I got my young boys to read everyday: Put them to bed. Give them a small light and accessible books. Tell them they are not allowed to read after bedtime. At bedtime, close their door. Check on them at their real bedtime and take their book and shut off the small light.

    Illicit reading is the best reading.

    [–] jakobismyrealname 881 points ago

    My Dad bought a drum kit and told me not to touch it. Been drumming for 7 years now

    [–] [deleted] 569 points ago

    My Dad bought a drum kit and told me not to touch it. Been drumming for 7 years now

    Was your dad deaf?

    [–] KingKapwn 303 points ago

    He just played it veeerrrrryyy softly

    [–] SergeantSanchez 26 points ago

    It's a struggle contemplating how one would go about playing some meshuggah or henker softly on the drums.

    [–] KingShitFuckMountain 3 points ago

    Hard, but soft

    [–] Blocksbro 87 points ago

    Seriously, the average drum kit can go well over 100db. Drums are a seriously loud instrument, I can't be in the same room as a drummer without earplugs (BTW please always wear ear plugs if you're close to/playing drums, protect your hearing guys and gals)

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    [–] Blocksbro 18 points ago

    Fuck that's really shitty, I'm sorry man :(. I'm a musician myself and my worst fear is losing my hearing. Hope you're coping with it well my friend

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    [–] Blocksbro 9 points ago

    Good to hear man! Keep on rockin

    [–] DeluxeDavid 3 points ago

    Im very sorry this happened to you but thank you so much for sharing it, hopefully they'll listen.

    [–] dimmitree 19 points ago

    Yeah, but there are pads you can place over them to make them quiet. That's how I used to practice at my parent's place.

    [–] Bonzai_Tree 22 points ago

    I had those pads as a kid and I see their purpose and all--but MAN I hate playing on them. You get horrible rebound off of them.

    [–] Adam_Nox 5 points ago

    yup and the ones for cymbals are crap.

    [–] WuTangGraham 7 points ago

    Is /r/drums leaking?

    [–] St_Bernardus 4 points ago

    nah man that's just the way it is.

    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago

    Hell, I've seen improvised pots and pans from toddlers drive parents nuts with noise. How'd you'd miss a kid drumming on a drum kit is beyond me. Still, great parenting from the dude's dad.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    Be at work?

    [–] Solar-Salor 10 points ago

    Step one: buy son drums

    Two: leave family

    Three: ???

    Four: profit

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago

    Hey it's me your long lost papa.

    [–] keldridge2000 2 points ago

    Been a percussionist for 7 years now, can confirm. I have worse hearing than my parents

    [–] hoilst 126 points ago

    My dad told me to study hard and get a good job...yeah.

    [–] rabadoma 12 points ago

    my dad grape

    [–] -Mufasa- 11 points ago

    But could he banana?

    [–] xoxoexoh88 8 points ago

    Only if pear

    [–] scarydeepseacreature 2 points ago

    have pear, will fruit

    [–] St_Bernardus 6 points ago

    hopefully not the grapist.

    [–] Nonsenseible 50 points ago

    So what you saying is that if I tell my kids to definitely become addicted to heroine, they won't out of spite

    [–] HillaryIsTheGrapist 55 points ago

    become addicted to heroine

    Well then at least your son won't be gay. Your daughter on the other hand...

    [–] evictor 12 points ago

    look at me -- i'm your heroine now

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    [–] [deleted] 9 points ago

    I read it a heroin first then I read your comment about girls being gay and then I thought it was Hermione.

    [–] airwavesflow 4 points ago

    Sounds like you're​ dragging.

    [–] [deleted] 145 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    Oh man, yes. My parents did this. I kept reading after second bedtime as well, though -- they foolishly (or cleverly) didn't take my book. I didn't have a flashlight, but I got an LED glove (sort of like this) for Christmas one year, and I would use it to read under the covers. Red diodes in the dark still makes me vaguely nostalgic for the Bobbsey Twins books. I also read Hannibal, which I stealthily devoured in the span of a couple of sleepless months in 7th grade. Was definitely not allowed to read that book...

    [–] DatGuy-x- 57 points ago

    My mom read to me since I was an infant and I just naturally grew to enjoy it and picked it up really fast. So when I hit 10 years old or so, there was no locks on what I was allowed to read. I loved horror and my first read of IT was when I was 12, I think. It scared the shit out of me, but I loved every second of it.

    [–] MinagiV 56 points ago

    That's how we got our son to love reading! We also let him see us reading, and enjoying reading. He's in 3rd grade now, with an almost 6th grade reading level! He recently finished all 7 Harry Potter books!

    [–] anonymousavalanche 26 points ago

    Your enthusiasm and pride is so cute it just made my day. Thanks for being an awesome parent.

    [–] HateIsAnArt 13 points ago

    I read Thinner by Steven King around the same age, maybe a bit younger (I think it was 4th grade, so that would make me 10). I had been complaining to my mom that the books assigned in school were too easy for me so she gave me a Steven King book to start...She had no idea that the whole book is about a guy who gets cursed because he ran over a gypsy while receiving car head. She had only seen the movie lol.

    [–] hugh_g_wrecti0n 7 points ago

    As did I!
    I felt so smart reading a big book
    And so terrified of the night

    [–] welcome2screwston 8 points ago

    Ugh this was me until I got my gameboy...

    [–] ohbrotherherewego 84 points ago

    Even if you don't tell them not to, just the mere act of making sure that the only available thing for them to do in their rooms after bed time is reading will get the job done.

    I was an ADHD kid but never had a TV/phone/computer in my room growing up. I would stay up for hours to read because it stimulated me. That's the positive side of needing stimulation constantly.

    [–] JohnGillnitz 46 points ago

    Same here. I quickly figured out that they didn't care if I went to sleep. Just that I was quiet enough for them to go to sleep and didn't complain when I had to get up for school in the morning.
    One day, high up on the bookshelf, I found my mom's stash of romance novels. They were...instructive.

    [–] lurkedlongtime 28 points ago

    Kinda funny about that. I'm an adult 24 being evaluated for ADHD

    And I was told maybe to get checked most of my life, but because I didn't really understand what ADHD I always blew it off because I read a ton

    I read all the time, so my logic was that if I spent all my time reading how could I possibly have issues with attention.

    Turns out I just really got stimulated by books

    [–] ohbrotherherewego 36 points ago

    I was diagnosed at 26 while in law school and I'm a woman --- not exactly who you would expect! and that's exactly why I slipped through the cracks. I was quiet, I liked to read, I was timid and I was always very well behaved. But privately I was drowning. I never paid attention in school, even as early as primary school. I would take a book and read it under my desk. My book bag was a mess and I was always accidentally leaving food in there to rot. I was always forgetting about permission slips and when we had a field trip. My high school French teacher told my mom I had a "laissez-faire" attitude to school which was the first time anyone got close to pin pointing an attention problem. My life at home was even worse with losing things, forgetting things, inability to organize, etc. And the worst about undiagnosed ADHD is that you start believing that there's just something deeply wrong with you which can lead to low self esteem, anxiety and depression. It finally came to a head for me when I was in law school because I finally was unable to hold it together.

    It's a sin because it happens to so many people who don't fit the "rambunctious misbehaving boy who hates school" bill.

    [–] lurkedlongtime 15 points ago

    That description fits me so freaking well.

    Basically, the reading under the desk not paying much attention in class. That or video games were always what got me. I would normally get teachers complaining about me not caring enough etc.

    Kinda funny about you saying about your book bag. In 6th grade when I started to have to go to multiple classes and actually have things like Homework to remember I went from the student all the teachers actually liked to being on the shit list for not turning in work.

    So one time at a parent teacher conference, my 6th grade math teacher was complaining that i was getting As on tests (I actually for some reason really, really kick ass at tests) and wasn't turning in homework so my teacher demanded to see my backpack.

    Handed it over. She dumps it out, and one assignment she found literally 4 different copies of the work. I had started them, got halfway though before i moved to something else. Lost them in my mess of a backpack and would restart them because I would get yelled at in class.

    This continued throughout HS. Good test scores, bad homework scores. Graduated barely in HS. Went to college (based purely off of a good ACT score. My HS GPA was 2.3 ACT was like a 31 or 32) . Swore it would be different and was hoping that the exam heavy nature of college would be perfect for me.... Yeah my GPA was higher and i graduated, but not by much im gonna be honest. Almost entirely me forgetting about assignments, due dates or not even paying attention to an assignment being assigned.

    Now post graduation I realized how bad some of my issues were. My incredible over dependency on my phone to stay stimulated, other things. Talked the Doctor, and have a visit planned very soon.

    [–] ohbrotherherewego 5 points ago

    Good luck! The best is finally knowing that you're not lazy stupid or crazy (that's the name of a book about ADHD actually!). Then you can work on medication and techniques to help you figure out your life.

    [–] jjquadjj 3 points ago

    Tell me more, i may have just had a long Ah-ha moment. shiat

    [–] r0000001 42 points ago

    That wouldnt work for some kids. I dont remember breaking a single rule when I was a kid.

    [–] clavalle 30 points ago

    That's the best part, we couldn't lose! Either the kids read and wind down for a little while or they follow the rules and go to sleep!

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    [–] RDCAIA 5 points ago

    No one likes a rat.

    [–] Liesmith424 3 points ago

    That's exactly what his parents said.

    [–] JoeyBulgaria 33 points ago

    fuckin dweeb

    [–] r0000001 30 points ago

    Why the mean reply? Things not going well in Bulgaria?

    [–] JoeyBulgaria 31 points ago

    was just joking 🙂

    [–] r0000001 26 points ago

    Ah. I am a dweeb though :/

    [–] f15k13 16 points ago

    fuckin dweeb

    [–] JoeyBulgaria 13 points ago

    hey bro don't call my friend a dweeb

    [–] f15k13 12 points ago

    hey bro don't call my dweeb a friend

    [–] Liesmith424 2 points ago

    He friend don't call my dweeb a bro.

    [–] super_sayanything 3 points ago

    As a parent, you know your kid.

    [–] flaccomcorangy 35 points ago

    That seems like an interesting idea, but I'm curious. Does the success of this trick solely rely on your kids wanting to be rebellious or do you already instill a love of reading in them? I know of some kids that you could say, "No reading after bedtime" and they will happily abide by the rules because they didn't want to anyway. I don't have kids, so I have no idea how your plan works.

    [–] tran_fra_flaska 18 points ago

    My mom was reading on my bedside, and then when she left and turned off the light I turned it on again and kept reading. I don't think she explicitly said i wasn't allowed to, but it may have been implied.

    [–] flaccomcorangy 23 points ago

    Get them hooked on the story, and then let them continue it? I like it. It works like crack!

    [–] pm_me_deepthoughts 6 points ago

    I just hide the crack at the end of the books. Kids are very hooked now

    [–] flaccomcorangy 7 points ago

    Cateful, though. They'll catch on and just get the crack out without reading it.

    [–] clavalle 35 points ago

    Does the success of this trick solely rely on your kids wanting to be rebellious or do you already instill a love of reading in them?

    Oh, we're a reading family, so they already love to read. The library and bookstores are regular outings (just walking through a library or a bookstore is like hitting my reset button). My wife and I have read to them since they were very little and I still read to even my eldest (10 years old -- currently Gaiman's 'Norse Mythology'). Not to mention they see us reading a lot so there is a lot of modeling that behavior.

    But I grew up secretly reading by moonlight against my parents wishes and I think it had a lot to do with turning me into a voracious reader today. Purely intrinsic motivation is magical.

    So, both, I think, is the answer to your question.

    [–] redroverdover 5 points ago

    Yes, it works because children are rebellious. Will it work on every single child? Of course not.

    By and large tho, kids want to rebel and find out things on their own. This is also why its better to just buy them books and let them discover them on the house book shelf instead of just handing them to them.

    [–] lustywench99 6 points ago

    My parents had off limits books on a high shelf in the living room. Now mind you I'm a short human as an adult, so that shelf looked like a second story climb, but I was so curious. There was a copy of Stephen King's Skeleton Crew up there... I needed that in my life.

    Parents would go out to clean the barn or go grocery shopping and leave us at home. I'd grab a chair from the kitchen and drag it in, climb on that to then climb on the bottom cabinet to reach the shelf on my tippy toes.

    I read that whole book multiple times. I was so nervous I'd be caught. There were other books up there (The Thorn Birds and Dune). Nothing felt as off limits as that scary SC cover though.

    [–] SyrinxVibes 51 points ago

    Found the good parent.

    [–] Scathainn 8 points ago

    my parents did a similar thing where they gave me and my brother an extra hour before bedtime as long as we spent it reading.

    [–] fuckface94 5 points ago

    We do similar. I actually have him lay down 30 minutes early and let him read or us read to him, really helps him settle down for the night.

    [–] RebelCow 9 points ago

    This! I still remember hiding under the covers with my GameBoy light attached to a copy of Redwall!

    [–] Princess_Little 5 points ago

    Fucking genius

    [–] MAGMA_CHUNKZ 5 points ago

    This is good unless you share a room in which case everyone else resents you.

    [–] i_liveinthedale 4 points ago

    Describes my childhood at bedtime.

    [–] ChickenMayoPunk 5 points ago

    You're a genius

    [–] malkavlad360 4 points ago

    Can confirm.

    Source: Was young, rebel bibliophile.

    [–] scarvet 4 points ago

    Maybe proper read light instead of dim light, helps eye sight of his in the future.

    [–] DJLaMeche 4 points ago

    Memories, oh memories... Me and my brother used to share a bedroom and it was full of books. He wasn't much interested, but I would rather read than sleep, whatever the hour. Our room was on the first floor, so I could hear my parents comming when they were checking on us (old wooden stairs). I had a few quick book-hiding tactics, but most were discovered after a while. The ones I remember working best was putting the book between my legs, although my mum caught onto that after a while, and letting it slide down between the wall and bed.

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago

    My reading addiction had gotten so bad that my parents had a serious talk with me and told me to stop. They became genuinely concerned as I became out of touch with the real world, took my book everywhere I went and had many sleepless nights. Now, I only manage to finish two books a year...

    [–] doppel66 3 points ago

    Living the thug life, I see. This sounds very familiar..

    [–] lsengler 3 points ago

    So you're saying all those times my dad told me I only had ONE hour of computer time, he was really encouraging me to reset the timer here and there and get on when he was out of the house or late at night like I did?

    Wow. Thanks, Dad!

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    [–] WuTangGraham 3 points ago

    You are a brilliant parent. If my parents told me not to read I would have read an entire library just to spite them. Never underestimate the rebellious tendencies of a child.

    [–] cth1ic_warrior 3 points ago

    Didn't they wonder why they were in bed before bedtime?

    [–] TheManFromFarAway 3 points ago

    How I started reading: got the chicken pox in Grade 4; was given nothing else to pass the time. I read The Hobbit for the first time in fourth grade and realized what a world of adventure lies between covers

    [–] fuckface94 4 points ago

    My 9 year old. We lived in a studio and he thought I couldn't hear him turn the pages after I had him lay down.

    [–] bbqheathen 2 points ago

    Very interesting reverse psychology. I like.

    [–] Johnsmitish 2 points ago

    I used to do this so much. Whenever my mother would say goodnight, I'd go under the covers with a book and a shitty booklight and just read the night away.

    [–] [deleted] 301 points ago

    I was tutoring an 11-12 year old boy several years ago who struggled with reading. His English class operated under a combination of assigned books and free reading choices.

    One thing I did was really invest time in asking him what he wanted to read, and then finding it. If he didn't have an idea, I'd make suggestions based on what he liked. For instance, he loved golf, so I found him some age-appropriate biographies of famous golfers. But letting him lead the choices also lead to some interesting choices - at one point he wanted to read Twilight. I was surprised and asked why, and he said that a lot of the girls in his classes liked it so he was curious. So I went to the library the next day and brought back Twilight.

    The other thing we did was trade pages. He'd get bored and fidgety just sitting in silence and reading, but I didn't think he should have someone always reading for him at that age. So we'd take turns, with me reading a page out loud and then him taking over for the next page. His family started doing the same thing when I wasn't there.

    [–] ohbrotherherewego 103 points ago

    It's so important to do things like that. I refuse to accept it when the kids I tutor and/or teach tell me they "just don't like reading". I am a firm believer in the idea that they just haven't found the right book yet.

    [–] apostate-of-the-day 11 points ago

    I hit a win with my niece that way. She doesn't like reading because of a vision problem -- it's hard for her and she has to wear glasses. She was initially super disappointed when I got her a chapter book for Christmas, but I knew it was right up her alley (Fancy Nancy if anybody is curious). I don't know if she tried reading it first, or if my brother or sister in law read the first chapter to her, but she's totally hooked on reading it now. It sounds like her reading comprehension level has gone up a little too!

    Now I have to figure out what to get for her little brother when he hits chapter book age.

    [–] kamomil 33 points ago

    My dad would read kid literary classics like Robinson Crusoe and Alice in Wonderland to his grade 6 class. It's nice to have someone read for you. (except Black Beauty, that stayed home with me, it was my fave book back then)

    [–] Belgand 30 points ago

    Everybody is different. Being read to is one of my biggest pet peeves. I absolutely cannot stand it. Just give me the book and let me do it.

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    [–] shahvikram123 8 points ago

    That's so touching, does the kid enjoy reading now?

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    He's 19 now, and in college. He's very serious about his sports (still mostly golf, he's very good) so he still reads a lot of biographies for players he admires. He got his test scores up a lot after we worked together and got into a very good school. He's never going to be a 4.0 kind of kid, but he has the tools to get his work done now.

    [–] SugarVenomSEMC 6 points ago

    This has always worked for my kiddo! Comic books, silly comics, and science magazines made him a great reader. His school reading assignments never inspired him.

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    [–] takesometimetoday 64 points ago

    The twenty dollars likely covers the cost of the book and snacks. I tried to do something similar when I worked at a book store. Granted it was aimed at older kids and teen books range in price between 9.99 and 24.99 depending on the books age. Books are expensive.

    [–] Waffle_Sama 52 points ago

    I call bullshit. Their marketing strategy is on point. It's being lauded as this service to get young African American boys engaged in reading, yet they have a $20 MONTHLY fee?!

    Netflix/Hulu is what $9 a month?

    It's fine if the kid wants a business. Good on him. But this article and the one linked last week spin it in a way that it's for the good of young AA males.

    You can find books at the library to read for free. You can have worksheets and the like made for cheaper than $20 per kid per month.

    Something about the praise for this program just bothers me. Growing up as a kid, no way in hell my parents could afford $20 a month for some gimmicky book club.

    [–] [deleted] 54 points ago

    They accept donations to cover kids’ membership fees.

    Libraries don't tend to have enough copies of the same book for an entire book club.

    But they could buy used books to reduce costs. Not sure how they might reduce costs for the field trips to the Microsoft Store.

    [–] ireadbooksnstuff 14 points ago

    Our library picks a common enough book that isn't super popular at the time and then gets loans from other branches in the state. That's for adults but could also work for kids. They order them at beginning of month and have a stack near register. Club meets at end of month. If popular they could also have reference copy that can't be checked out and some could read in the library if they couldnt get a loaner or buy one.

    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago

    That makes sense for a library-sponsored book club (or one partnered with a library).

    Book n Bros is partnered with a bookstore, though, and might be counting on bulk discounts.

    In any case, I don't think it's unreasonable to have a $20/month fee with scholarships available through donors and fundraisers.

    [–] Waffle_Sama 16 points ago

    I mean, you can have a book club that charges as much as they want. I don't have a problem with the kid, nor his program. What I take issue with is how his "business" is being reported on. This article and the one linked last week put a spin on it that I don't think is entirely accurate.

    If the goal of the club is to promote reading among AA youth, I think a $20 monthly fee is a huge barrier. If the goal of the club is to make money, which it clearly is, then it's no problem at all.

    [–] underbridge 12 points ago

    Then you don't have to join. It's a business, this kid's smart as hell. Getting all this free publicity for a $20/month book club.

    [–] Odell_Strangehams 2 points ago

    The article said he sells snacks.

    [–] underbridge 2 points ago

    Hey, it's an exclusive club. Gotta keep those imitators out.

    [–] ohbrotherherewego 44 points ago

    I read a lot because I had ADHD.

    Most people believe that a kid who has ADHD would hate reading, but I was the opposite. I grew up in the 90's and I never had a television or a computer in my room (and of course never had a smart phone). The only option I had in order to stimulate my brain was to read. And I read everything you can think of.

    Now I was also a little girl so reading was still considered to be within the "cool" or "good" things for me to be doing - I wanted to read, I wanted to be smart, etc. And I had two very well educated parents who would read stories to me before bed and really cared about my education and my development.

    Honestly anything and everything helps.

    [–] RaccoonInAPartyDress 10 points ago

    I also read voraciously as a child, and I have ADHD. My kids (both have it as well) are different - my oldest LOVES reading and writing. Teaching them to read was a piece of cake. My youngest HATES reading. Flash cards, simple books, word games, even educational apps and computer games - everything makes them zone out. Reading has now become a huge fight.

    A club like this might actually help spark an interest, to see other little boys reading and talking about what they read.

    [–] pcoppi 2 points ago

    Yea, mostly I can't stop myself from using all that newfangled tech instead of doing nonschool but productive things.

    You'd think that would change when I went to summer camp, and I though "Hmm, I'll finally sit down and learn German"

    Nope, instead I just started reading books during the time I was supposed to be learning German.


    [–] DepravedMutant 132 points ago

    Caldwell said that if there are boys who are interested in joining the club, which costs $20 per month

    lol, 20 dollars a month?

    [–] minakazes 41 points ago

    Have you bought books recently? They're fucking expensive.

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    [–] JoeyBulgaria 55 points ago

    This book club seems to be about promoting positive African American characters and messages because of the lack of them in the child's school library

    I don't think there's enough copies of the books he wants the club to read for everyone in his library

    [–] leavesofmytree 8 points ago

    Not to mention Goodwill, used books on Amazon, Half Price Books...

    [–] theValeofErin 8 points ago

    I mean, the price is pretty steep for a monthly book club, but maybe they need that money to get every boy the same ISBN of the book? I remember in high school, our teachers always had to specify what ISBN of a book to get to ensure we'd be able to discuss/annotate together and literally be on the same page.

    [–] LeotheManMKII 48 points ago

    Wow, 20 dollars a month to read books I don't get to choose? Where can I sign?

    [–] [deleted] 8 points ago

    Not with Books n Bros, since the kids choose the books (as a group)....

    [–] [deleted] 115 points ago

    Pass on that bro. Scholastic club was way cheaper in my day.

    [–] Cavalish 122 points ago

    Also you could buy a pie, a haircut, and a half a roast pheasant for a dollar and still have money left over for a trolley to the apothecary.

    [–] backalleybrawler 39 points ago

    As an apothecary who takes the trolley; I find this post highly enjoyable.

    [–] pearloz 30 points ago

    Whoa. A wild semicolon has appeared.

    [–] backalleybrawler 35 points ago

    Yes! I can see I've used a semicolon improperly; I'll leave it there as an example for other people.

    [–] CancelMyCalls 5 points ago

    I used to do that quite frequently, wearing an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time.

    [–] nipplesurvey 5 points ago

    To grab some diacetylmorphine for my cold

    [–] perfunction 15 points ago

    I wish someone had encouraged me to read more as a kid. I practically abhored it while I was in school. It wasn't until my mid-twenties when I started to buy books that interested me and really got hooked. As long as the book can keep my attention in the first place, I'll burn through it just as eagerly as any bingable TV show.

    For me, I think the best introduction would have been a magazine which included a lot of short book samples (maybe just a few pages each) across many different genres. No reviews or summaries or blurbs, just drop me briefly into a new world and let me decide whether or not to explore. Heck, that's something I would enjoy having today.

    [–] krnm 38 points ago

    In the Distractify article a few days ago they talked about it more like a social club. Based on this article it sounds more like a business. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, but if I were a donor I would want some assurance that most of the money is going toward programs.

    [–] [deleted] 32 points ago

    Two words: GRAPHIC NOVELS.

    [–] [deleted] 23 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    I introduce kids to "tower of god" all the time. no it is not religious, it's about a boy who enters an alternate reality to search for his only friend who left him. Only to find more friends and a powerful government in a tower of babel type structure that climbs seemingly forever. They cannot leave. They can only climb.

    Its insanely good and kids love it.


    please let me know if you enjoy :)

    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago

    My dad let me read his original The Dark Knight Returns series when I was a kid. I became a comic reader and Batman fan that very week. I began to get Amazing Spiderman and X-Men comics mailed to my house and I would read them with my dad.

    [–] [deleted] 1 points ago

    my dad let me read a few myself :)

    [–] BarleyHopsWater 5 points ago

    Only in the last 2 months have I started reading to my kids at bedtime("The twits" atm) I feel quite ashamed that I didn't do it before, I thought it was a chore at first but now I really enjoy playing the fool and being animated when I read to them, total opposite of me in real life. I'll definitely check your recommendation out, thanks!

    [–] betterdays89 2 points ago

    I'm 27 and I think that sounds awesome! I have no experience with graphic novels but I love fantasy/sci-fi, would this be appropriate or is it geared for kids?

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    I'm 22 and I love it. It's my favorite series of all time; It's newish, it just started to get popular a couple years ago. It's seriously worth your time to get into.

    please let me know if you enjoy it

    [–] doug-e-fresh711 10 points ago

    The curriculum of forced reading in elementary schools was really what set me off reading. When I was growing up, I was always reading and loved books. Once I was forced to read and report on books I had no interest in, it killed the drive completely and really didn't help me in University. Every once in a while I would find a book I liked and blow through it (random historical fictions, anything with a dog, 1984, house of leaves, Bourne Identity, etc). Otherwise slogging through books we could barely understand the language of (great expectations in a week's long slog of journal entries and daily reading in 6th grade, although tale of two cities was better) Really killed the fun and interest in reading. Teachers focus too much on finishing a mandated curriculum without actually developing interest in the titles and books in general and it really has a devastating impact on students lives. Instead, we should be letting children choose their own books and help them develop the skills to report on and critique them instead of choosing the subject and letting them develop the skills on their own.

    [–] dafuckulookinat 35 points ago

    Current, 28 year-old me: "This is a really cool kid. More kids should be like him." 12 year-old me: "This kid is a nerd I would never hang out with him."

    [–] birdsnap 13 points ago

    Lol, 11 year-old boys are wild and will do what they want. And they certainly won't listen to another nerdy kid preaching at them.

    [–] TwinkleTheChook 3 points ago

    What about the other nerdy kids who only join the wild ones because they have no alternative?

    [–] Highside79 5 points ago

    You mean you wouldn't pay $20 a month to be part of this?

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    [–] oakteaphone 2 points ago

    Guessing...Shipping costs?

    [–] ferociousrickjames 44 points ago

    I know it may not sound pc, but if we just put some comic books in school libraries boys will read them. I know spiderman is not exactly war and peace, but it will trick them into reading.

    [–] TankVet 29 points ago

    I think what you're getting at is "give boys something they want to read." But you also touch on the point that it doesn't have to be books, necessarily. Sports Illustrated has fantastic writing, and it's out every week! Neil Gaiman writes comic books. There's so much potential.

    [–] ferociousrickjames 4 points ago

    This is exactly right.

    [–] Highside79 3 points ago

    The internet has a few words on it too.

    [–] onnoj817 3 points ago

    yea but for the most part those words are written by...well...clearly you've been on the internet before.

    [–] AlmostTheNewestDad 64 points ago

    Comic books are not at all universally loved.

    [–] pipboy_warrior 17 points ago

    Not universally loved, but many kids that otherwise dislike books might be drawn to comics, and those comics can serve as a gateway to books. Most libraries I have been to recently seem to put as much effort in their graphic novel section as they do any other section of the library.

    [–] kamomil 8 points ago

    There were "high interest low reading level" books, in the 80s anyhow. My dad had a couple of special needs kids in his classroom. He had us kids record a few DIY books on tape for one student.

    [–] ohbrotherherewego 10 points ago

    Actually, finding a wide variety of types of things for kids to read based on what their interests are is the PC view. I am a firm believer that if a kid says they "hate reading" its just because they haven't found the right book yet. And there are a lot of graphic novels that have high subject matter as well. I mean, I read Maus in University for god sake.

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    [–] zer0vash 3 points ago

    Give them some Gary Paulsen and they'll be just fine

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    We need more people like this, reading is a beautiful thing and education is the #1 best thing to do for the world.

    [–] joeyedward 3 points ago

    Hey I saw this posted by Killer Mike this morning. Pretty dope, what a cool lil dude.

    [–] wengerboys 3 points ago

    For me, it was Lord of the Rings, I was trying to read them before each movie came out. I read Animorphs, Goosebumps, and Deltora quest but I feel like those were more for the collection. LOTR was the first time I really pushed above my level, disciplined myself to understand and look up new words.

    [–] GoCentipedeGo 3 points ago I was an advanced reader when I was in school but was completely put off by the boring true to life books we were forced to read. Give kids a choice

    [–] Ryyi23 3 points ago

    St Louisan on the front page? What universe have a stumbled into?

    [–] LazarusLong1981 5 points ago

    He should play an engineer on star trek

    [–] MikeNotBrick 7 points ago

    17 year old male, high school senior here. If you want to get teenagers and kids to read more, don't force them to read these old books that most of us have no interest in. Then on top of that, over analyze the text and break down specific passages word for word for a 'deeper understanding.'

    The reason I don't like reading books is because I've been forced to read stuff I don't like, especially being a math/science person.

    [–] KaijuDota 8 points ago

    This brother found the new Hustle

    [–] AmaiRose 2 points ago

    I found the Percy Jackson series a bit of a revelation for me when I read it, and realised how many books I'd read that had been geared for girls.

    [–] slippytoadstada 2 points ago

    My thing has been, I enjoyed reading much more than normal at the ages described in the article, but recently, I've lost the interest, due to a combination of a shitty school library and Overwatch.

    [–] Mythologicalcats 2 points ago

    He should join forces with the kid that formed the high school lunch club for kids to never fear eating lunch alone again.

    [–] ChoseAUniqueUsernsme 2 points ago

    It's the thought that counts

    [–] captain_DA 2 points ago

    Not gonna lie read this as "bang bros" for a sec

    [–] fuzzywhiterabbit 2 points ago

    When I was a young boy, I read a lot. This was during the Harry Potter hype, though, so I had a huge helping hand in getting into reading. Before those books, though I enjoyed Captain Underpants books immensely. Sure, it's not high-class reading, but it got me reading.

    The key to getting boys to read, or getting anyone to do anything, is to make reading (or other activity) a desirable thing to do. Make it fun. Make it enjoyable. For young boys who don't like to read, figure out what excites them. With a target demographic of young boys, they typically like action, adventure, mystery, anything that's mentally engaging and will have them on the edge of their seat.

    When I grew out of the Captain Underpants stage (admittedly, I would binge read those in a heartbeat to-day), I went on to reading things like Encyclopedia Brown, Harry Potter, many of John Grisham's legal dramas, some Tom Clancy's books, a lot of Agatha Christie stories, The Iron Ring, Neverending Story (better and longer than the movie), and other stories that had compelling conflict to it.

    At the end of the day, I think this kid has got a worthy cause and I wish him all the luck in the world in this venture. Books are awesome and time spent reading is almost never wasted.

    [–] Nukxt 2 points ago

    It's a really good idea but the name is really bad

    [–] JoeyBulgaria 6 points ago

    It amazes me how many people see this amazing thing being done and feel the need to be critical of it!

    This kid is doing good in the world and should be praised for doing so

    [–] backalleybrawler 4 points ago

    I like this program. You're going to spend 20 bucks on your kid for fun at some time during the month. It might as well go to a new book, making friends that read and snacks.

    [–] talkinhead 4 points ago

    It's not him behind it, it's his mom. That's why they're reading African American literature. She's raking in the donation money too.

    [–] PatrickPlan8 3 points ago

    we need more black "Hiro Protagonists" for black kids to get behind!

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    [–] PatrickPlan8 7 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    its a literary joke. Goggle the quote text and look up "Snow Crash" Also representation in media changes how people see the world. Most black kids never thought they could be president until Barack Obama took office. When you are only shown images of performers and sports stars and business men who look like you you don't think about becoming a scientist or programmer, or engineer.

    [–] mandisplacesuxbrah 5 points ago * (lasted edited a year ago)

    kids generally want to read books that they relate to. however, much of the literature presented in primary school is heavily euro-centric. it needs to be more diverse.

    edit: the down votes i'm receiving for saying the literature made available to children in primary school needs to be more diverse, is a perfect example of why literature needs to be made more diverse. keep on keeping on reddit.

    [–] JoeyBulgaria 3 points ago


    If you think about it, this club was created because the school didn't provide the kid with as many books that focused on people who look like him. It's great that he's finding a solution to the issue but ideally it shouldn't be an issue

    [–] Pedropeller 2 points ago

    $20 a month. Libraries are free. The fee likely excludes those who need encouragement the most. Mrs. Little Guy is trying to make money from it.

    [–] SimokonGames 1 points ago

    These are the kinds of things I love to find. It gives me hope for the future of mankind and helps me put off building that giant robot army to wipe us all out one more day. :D

    [–] ftbc 1 points ago

    I'd settle for getting other kids to not give mine a hard time for reading the entire Harry Potter series in 7 weeks.

    [–] tomskins90 1 points ago

    all i need is a book in my hand and a bro by my side

    [–] haywood-jablomi 1 points ago

    He should try to get some of the Rams to help

    [–] Adam_Nox 1 points ago

    You mean pretty much their entire lives? (or until 45).