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Diary of a Wimpy Kid and it's two clever sequels have tickled the collective funny bone of kids across the nation. The slim volumes, which rest on the nightstand of many a youngster, chronicle the daily travails of Greg Heffley, an average middle-school boy whose siblings, teachers and parents provide fodder for the hilarious pictures he draws in his diary. There is the time Dad gives Greg's older brother money for the SAT and he spends it on a tattoo that says "Loded Diper" (the name of his brother's rock band), the time Greg sends out anonymous valentines to let everyone in his class know how he really feels ("Dear James, you smell."). When, in book three, Greg wants to quit soccer, his dad exclaims "No son of mine is a quitter!" after which Greg writes "Which isn't really true at all. I'm a HUGE quitter, and so is Rodrick. And I think Manny is on his third or fourth preschool by now." We are not diary snoopers, so perhaps will never know what our kids are really thinking, but if the popularity of this book is any indication, a sense of humor is key to surviving middle school!
Just as reluctant readers have followed Greg Heffley with devotion, reluctant spenders have been making tracks to their local library for years. Especially in a down economy, your Public Library is a tremendous resource for every member of the family. Our kids got their library cards at a young age, and swiping it at the check-out counter makes them feel grown up. That sense of responsibility gets carried home with the books they pluck off the shelves, for they must keep track of and return their books in good shape... or risk late-fees! Our local library has a generous collection of movies, which are much cheaper to borrow than rent at the video store, and stopping by the library for a few books-on-tape has saved many a long car trip. Teens love being dropped off to do homework at a library, where they can download e-books, and conduct advanced research. Best of all, an enthusiastic reader can take home a huge stack of titles that parents would certainly veto in a bookstore check-out line -- and, who knows which book in that stack might have been the one to lure them into a new reading adventure?
Our Tips for Making your kids into Readers:
Get a Library Card and Use It
Age Recommendation: All Ages
Time Allotment: As much time as you have
Our Tips for Expanding this Adventure: