Saturday, October 01, 2011

Turn That Thing Off!

Fall is a perfect time to start boys on a regular reading program. Since you’re the parent, it’s up to you to give the TV, video games, and other electronic devices a rest. You can use those as incentives after reading goals for your boys have been met.

Here’s a short video to show them. It might be a good discussion starter since fire and a smashing TV will probably get their attention.

Studies prove that future academic success, and success in life, have direct correlations to reading. I grew up hating to read, so my books are designed to reach all readers; boys, girls, adults, avid, and even reluctant readers. Kids report that reading one of these books is like being in an exciting or scary movie…
...good scary, not dark.
Why let others decide for your children how they should think, react, or feel, based on the manipulation of films, TV shows, video games, music, sound effects and other influences?
Reading allows the reader to decide how things should sound, smell, taste, and feel - in their imagination -as they read the pages of an exciting book. And connections are made in the brain while reading, that just don’t happen any other way.

As you begin turning off the electronic gadgets, and it just seems too drastic to do all at once - do I see a tear streaming down a cheek? - you might consider weaning them off with two of my books that are also available on Kindle. Those titles are Barney and the Runaway and Lost Island Smugglers.

Tell them not to yell at you. They can write to me at I've heard all the excuses, and used most of them when I was growing up. The truth is, our boys need to read. Their futures depend on it.

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Tami said...

I couldn't agree more. You are write on. There is nothing more exciting, interactive and virtual than reading. Get going boys and get going parents. If you have toddlers at home, turn the TV off as well and read out loud to your kids. It's an unforgettable experience.
Tami Lehman-Wilzig

April Gardner said...

Hi Max! Are your book available on Kindle? We're getting our 10yo avid reader one for Christmas and are looking for good reads to stock it with.
My first children's adventure book (Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang) releases next month. In the future, I'd like to feature you on the blog I'm developing for Lizzie.
Author April W Gardner

max said...

Thank you Tami. Your books look good.

max said...

Lost Island Smugglers &
Barney and the Runaway
are both available on Kindle. More will be soon.