These days, it’s hard to get my kiddos to succumb to an interview about why they liked a book.
(They aren’t as interested in my blog and there’s some attitude sneaking in. Help!)
So, I try to pay attention to what’s popular at my house.
In the last two months, Brad Meltzer’s “I am” books have made a resurgence. This was thanks to the school assignment to present on a famous woman or African-American at school.
Honestly, I hate these school reports. It’s a constant exercise in nagging and vigilance.
And even with these supreme parenting skills, I still found myself working on a PowerPoint when I had the flu in December. That’s right – lying in bed, looking up information on rocks, trying to make my kid do the work but get it done.
But I digress.
This last report was a little better because Rosa Parks (Calvin) and Helen Keller (Max) are pretty interesting. (Not that elements aren’t interesting.) It also revived their love for Meltzer’s books, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos.
Max and Calvin requested that I get ALL THE BOOKS from the library (we own a few). They couldn’t get enough.
“Who wouldn’t like them,” Max said. “They are addicting to read.”
Calvin had no comment but he would read these books in bed learning about Sacagawea, Billie Jean King, Neil Armstrong, Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, Lucille Ball and more.
I like these books because they often tackle tough subjects with a simple and straightforward approach. I’m pretty open with my kids about the tough stuff but sometimes a little help is welcome. Civil Rights is addressed in “I am Martin Luther King, Jr.” Gender equality in “I am Billie Jean King.” Slavery is discussed in “I am Abraham Lincoln” and “I am Lucille Ball” addresses how she persevered over a tough childhood.
That’s the beauty of these books. The subjects – Jackie Robinson, Jane Goodall, Albert Einstein – overcome obstacles and succeed.
I enjoy reading them myself. As Max says, who wouldn’t want to read them?
But I am happy summer is on the horizon and that means no more reports.