My oldest son is in the 6th grade... first year of middle school. YIKES! Seeing as I'm a middle school teacher myself, I spend a good deal of my time in the world that is "perpetual adolescent strife", and the thought of having a child in the middle of that is kind of scary!
However, one comforting thing happened this year. My son made "friends" with the school librarian. She's taken a bit of an interest in him and has helped him find books to read to meet his Accelerated Reader requirements. The fact that she's a super nice lady and my son really likes and respects her is a bonus!
My son enjoys nonfiction... books about cars, dinosaurs, The Beatles, music, hunting, etc. Unfortunately, the school library isn't exactly stocked with a ton of reading material that falls into those categories. So several months ago, the librarian recommended a fiction book for him. She told him she knew he liked nonfiction, but she thought he might really like this book. Sure enough, he loved it. We discovered it was the first book of a series, and the school library didn't have the rest of the books.
So, of course, avid-reader that I am, I ordered the entire series for him.
Over Christmas break, he read all four of the remaining books, and raved about them all. He asked us about the Greek mythology that was woven through the books and if he'd have to learn about it in school. When we told him "yes", he said, "This is so cool! I'm learning while I'm reading these great books!" It was such an inspiring thing, to see him reading and loving it! It was like he got a little something from me after all!
The book the librarian recommended... The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan, book 1 of the "Percy Jackson and The Olympians" series. If you've been watching your TV at all, you've probably seen the previews for the movie "The Lightning Thief". My son is so excited to see the movie! And what am I doing? I'm reading the book, before the movie!
As I opened the book today to spend a little time reading, it occurred to me that I was reading a book recommended to me by my 11 year-old son. My how things change. And it feels good to know that he read something and loved it so much that he thinks I should read it. My hope is that the love of reading his librarian helped him discover will continue throughout his life, and he'll always know the joy of picking up a book and escaping, enjoying, and learning all at once!
And now I'm off... to spend a bit of time with Percy!