Shopping in the bookstore for a child who doesn’t enjoy reading can be very stressful for parents, especially book-loving parents. You might think it’s impossible for parents who love books to raise reluctant readers, but trust me, it’s possible. The following are my guidelines for helping parents select books for a child who “doesn’t read.”
Tucked away in attics, basements, barns and storage units are countless bound volumes of prized ephemera. School texts, journals and diaries, long out of print books and antiquated family bibles, filled with the now-defunct practice of documenting genealogy and family history are retained, out of sight but not out of mind. Rarely are these family heirlooms pulled out of storage, but those who own them take comfort in knowing that they are there. Sadly, these books are typically not cared for as well as they deserve.
Halloween is almost here and, to gear up for the excitement of costumes and candy, I found a few other holiday treats to get us in the mood (or help calm us down after a good sugar-rush):
I had no trouble at all last year coming up with a list of my ten favorite books. With 2017 coiming to an end, alas, all I can come up with are four titles that have engraved themselves upon my memory (no small feat, I assure you). Here are some capsule reviews of my choices (in no particular order)...
It began as a game between my co-worker and I: who could be the first to snag a copy of Rupi Kaur’s milk & honey? Every day two books would come in, and immediately two books would be snapped up by customers. We asked ourselves, who was this new poet no one had heard of , with her books flying off the shelves? When was the last time a book of poetry had been a bestseller, even in the hayday of our greatest writers? As of 9/8/17, milk & honey had more than 89K ratings on GoodReads and over 10,000 reviews, averaging to a 4.26 out of 5-start rating. The book surpassed one million sold copies only one year past its publication date.In January 2017, it reached #1 on the New York Times list, and remained on the trade paperback bestseller list for 41 consecutive weeks. Bustle called it "Essential Reading" echoing The Huffington Post's article titled "The Poet Every Woman Needs to Read".
When I was a lad I went through a phase, as many children do, of enjoying ghost stories. I read many a volume of supernatural lore, some scary and some disappointingly tame. When pressed to name the scariest book of my childhood I don’t need to give it a thought. That honor goes to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz.