Monday, March 5, 2012

National Reading Month

This month is National Reading Month!  This particular celebration is usually geared toward encouraging young readers to pick up a book (as Dr. Seuss' birthday was March 2), but, as an author, I feel it should highlight adult reading as well, which has also started to dwindle.  However, the age of Kindle and Nook has certainly rejuvenated book sales in the States, but has largely affected the sale of print books from traditional brick and mortar stores.  As my young man turns 10 today, being an avid reader, I want to celebrate some of the Young Adult series he loves to read.

My son has loved dinosaurs since Pre-K.  He owns every Land Before Time film, has about a dozen Fisher-Price robotic dinosaurs (which he still refuses to give away) and about a gajillion dinosaur models ranging from metal nuts and bolts to plastic glow-in-the dark.  As he has gotten older, he branched off into paleontology as a whole, eager to discover new things and dig up new finds, determined there will be a dinosaur named after him--one day :-)  That being said, it's no wonder he solicited his aunt, a navy sailor stationed overseas, to get him the Astrosaurs series.

Written by Steve Cole, a British author in London, the Astrosaurs series tells us that the dinosaurs never actually went extinct.  Instead, they escaped the earth in space pods and now live in the far reaches of outer space.  The series follows a young group of new Academy graduates, ambitious and anxious to prove themselves to the Alliance as they battle wayward meat-eaters around the galaxy.  The series is pretty entertaining with colorful character collectors cards perforated in the front.  I would recommend this series for dinosaur lovers ages 8 and up.  If you have younger readers, the books are funny and wonderful for reading aloud.

Another favorite pastime my son enjoys is origami as he loves to make "creations" out of just about anything; he sees something miraculous in every empty bottle, straw wrapper or piece of useless paper.  So it's no wonder that at his school's book fair this year, he got hooked on a new series by Tom Angelberger called Origami Yoda.  This series is hilariously delightful.  It follows a young nerdy kid who finds a way to origami a Yoda finger puppet in class.  While what Yoda's host has to say usually makes little sense, Yoda himself seems to be giving everyone exceptional junior high advice.

There are two books in the series currently, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back.  Each book gives step-by-step instructions on how to origami both Yoda and Darth  Paper respectively.  (There are several versions of each of these littered about my house.)  A third installment to the series will feature a new Star Wars related character whose identity has not yet been released.  The name of the third book is slated to be announced March 29th.  I think this series is absolutely wonderful!  Chock full of kid-friendly, laugh-out-loud humor and pretty clever advice, I think your young reader will find this series an incredibly fun read.

For his birthday today, my son received a Barnes & Noble gift card.  Instead of engaging your young ones with video games and toys, please encourage them to read.  Let them see you reading, visit your local library and participate in their functions and activities. It will foster not only a love of books, but of imagination, vocabulary, and discovery.  I promise, an avid reader is definitely a trait to you'll want under your child(ren)'s belts.  Check out the books I mentioned and happy reading!

1 comment:

  1. Hi there,

    We at Auryn Inc are celebrating National Reading Month by giving out 1 FREE title a day for the whole of this month. With over a collection of 40 children's books our readers are having a great time stocking up their iPads with Kids Apps :)

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