But here’s the problem. Previous generations went outside to play, invent games, explore, and create they’re own fun. That’s not so true now.
Today, others tell our kids how things should look, sound, smell, taste, and they manipulate through music, graphics, and sound effects. I know because I devoted most of my life to the production of films, video programs, and television commercials.
This month of October marks ten years since I began writing adventures and mysteries for readers 8 – 13. I began this journey because of a concern about what was happening to our kids, and because many were not being motivated to read, especially boys.
For younger children, we can read to them, or listen while they read. They need to see us reading, too. With older children, it may be more difficult. Here, we have to begin setting limits by controlling the use of electronic devices and the time spent on them. In the case of e-readers, you can use a child’s electronic world to your advantage.
Dads: It’s very important that you become involved in this process, too. Let your kids see that it's cool to read. And you might like to know that lots of parents are also reading these books. For some dads, it's the first time they ever read a book all the way through.
We’re at a critical point in our culture. It’s vital that we make sure the next generation is a generation of readers. And besides, readers are the leaders others follow.
I grew up hating to read. Because of that I began to write the kinds of books I would have enjoyed as a child. I bring a lifetime of exciting film production onto the pages of my books. I did this to have a positive impact on the lives of children. I hope you’ll do the same by making my books available to as many children around you as possible. And please tell everyone you know about them. The futures of the children in your circle may depend on what you do.