Reading With The Boys

My son is a reading maniac. He’s a maniac in general but when it comes to reading he is beyond excelling at his level as well as enjoying it. If I ever am ultimately proud of my kids, it’s when I know they are going above and beyond when it comes to reading. To me reading is the gateway to all educational success. If you can’t read what will happen. You need to read to do every aspect of work in education.

Regardless, it’s almost Christmas and I know one absolute thing I can get my kids for Christmas and it won’t fail — books. It encourages their imagination and inspires their education. And who is a reliable source when it comes to both of those things?

Scholastic. And I get to give away 3 fantastic young adult books for boys (or girls even!) as well as a special little gift.  The Eleventh Plague, Under Dogs, and iBoy!  And a $50 gift card.


The Eleventh Plague  — Book Trailer Found Here.

By Jeff Hirsch


“The Eleventh Plague hits disturbingly close to home…An excellent, taut debut novel.” – Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games


In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade for food and other items essential for survival. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true, where there are real houses, barbecues, a school, and even baseball games. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank on the town bully’s family that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing forever.




By Markus Zusak


Before The Book Thief, Markus Zusak wrote a trilogy of novels about the Wolfe brothers: The Underdogs, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, and Getting the Girl. Cameron and Ruben Wolfe are champions at getting into fights, coming up with half-baked schemes, and generally disappointing girls, their parents, and their much more motivated older siblings. They’re intensely loyal to each other, brothers at their best and at their very worst. But when Cameron falls head over heels for Ruben’s girlfriend, the strength of their bond is tested to its breaking point.



iBoy — Book Trailer Found Here.

By Kevin Brooks


Before the attack, Tom Harvey was just an average teen. But a head-on collision with high technology has turned him into an actualized App. Fragments of a shattered iPhone are embedded in his brain. And they’re having an extraordinary effect on his every thought. Because now Tom knows, sees, and can do more than any normal boy ever could. But with his new powers comes a choice: Seek revenge on the vicious gangs who rule the South London housing project where he lives, and who violated his friend Lucy? Or keep quiet and move on? Not even the search engine in his head can predict the shocking outcome of iBoy’s actions. A wifi, thriller by YA master Kevin Brooks.



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  1. I grew up reading and lived isolated and was very shy and for me reading was an adventure into learning and imagining yourself elsewhere

  2. we homeschool so reading is basic to our learning

  3. Kathy Bose says:

    Reading opens up the imagination and gives you a chance to experience so much through the written word.

  4. Reading is important to us because we feel it expands your world.

  5. patricia skinner says:

    I feel reading is important to our family because it broadens our horizons.

  6. I love to read, and am enjoying raising my children to love to read as well!

  7. Reading has always been my favorite past time. It is important because it let me and my family learn about other cultures and places.

  8. Margaret Smith says:

    Reading is important to my family because we really enjoy it. My kids look forward to us reading books mostly every night. The older ones even read to the younger ones now and they also love getting books more geared to their age.
    Thanks so much.

  9. Reading is important to our family because we love visiting strange places and time without ever leaving home.

  10. Reading is very important to our family. We read for recreation and education. We all read daily and spend a lot of time at the library and bookstore!

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  11. It helps my kids discover new things and also develops their imagination.

  12. Denise Viola says:

    Reading is important to my family because it helps build mental skills and vocabulary. With technology these days, they take away from these building these skills.

  13. alyce poalillo says:

    My mother taught me to read before I was 3 and it has been my passion since. I think it opens up our minds and gives us new perspectives, helps us understand others who may appear diofferent from us and has gotten me through some difficult times when I could escape to a another place.

  14. Reading is a great way to pass time, learn new things and expand your mind.

  15. Reading is important for learning and the imagination.

  16. Reading is important, because there is so much to learn. It is extemely important to us.

  17. I always enjoyed reading and you do learn from the books. My grandkids are always reading and are getting Nooks for the holidays

  18. I think it gives us some quiet time, plus lets us use our imagination.

  19. Mary Calabrese says:

    Reading has opened up whole new worlds to us and contributes to better grades.

  20. Reading is, and always has been, important because it is the tool that gives you the power to find, learn and do just about anything!

  21. Reading is important because it is a great teaching tool, plus it expands the imagination and is a bonding experience.

  22. Reading is important to our family because if you can read you can learn about ANYTHING in the world!

  23. Reading’s important to us because it’s the best way to keep the brain active and the imagination firing on all cylinders – I think that reading a story or novel is the best way to get transported to other worlds and live out different lives and events, which can have a real effect on your own identity and view of the world!

  24. reading is a wonderful way to relax

  25. Reading is vital to children, their future depends on a good grasp of this skill…for me, reading is important for a variety of reasons; entertainment, knowledge, increasing vocabulary, relaxation, etc. 🙂 Thank you.

  26. Reading is important because it is a way to unwind after a hard day.

  27. Reading is important to me because it starts a lot of conversations.

  28. says:

    it helps me destress from my world!
    thanks for a great contest! Janna Johnson janna@feedyourpig on GFC

  29. Michelle Fosnaugh says:

    Reading is very important for all of us. Children because it teaches them so many things especially at an early age. For myself I actually sleep better reading a few chapters of a book before bed at night actually helps me sleep better and relaxes me after a stressful day

  30. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    Reading is important to my family bc it improves your vocabulary and definitely helps you do better in school and in life.

  31. Adrienne gordon says:

    It helps foster imagination

  32. says:

    reading is important because it broadens you knowledge base

  33. I love reading and I want my kids to love it too.

  34. Jennifer S says:

    Reading is important because it opens you up to the ideas and experiences of so many other people, and also allows you to use your own imagination.

  35. Reading leaves everything open to the imagination. It helps develop the mind.

  36. I grew up reading and always have library books out. Thankfully my kids enjoy reading as well.

  37. reading is learning, even it’s just something fun (like a fantasy or scifi novel)

  38. Barbara Montag says:

    Reading has always been important to us.
    For relaxation & learning.

  39. It is important because we learn and use our imagination

  40. grows your imagination and word knowledge

  41. Reading is important to our family because it gives you knowledge on so many subjects.

  42. Susan Smith says:

    Reading is important for learning and our imaginations

  43. My mother was a librarian and I can’t remember NOT reading. We had a TV but only watched on Sunday nights – reading was all the other times.
    Thanks for the contest.

  44. John Billiris says:

    reading exposes you to new ways of thinking, so I encourage it strongly.

  45. Kathleen Conner says:

    Reading stimulates creativity and the imagination–I can’t imagine who I’d be without reading.

  46. reading expands your mind and your vocabulary. super important in development!

    danielle b .


  47. Jill Myrick says:

    I have always taught my children that reading is always a journey. and that you can pick up a book and go anywhere in the world.
    To me almost everything that you do in life requires you to read.
    And it’s fundamental to everything that life gives you from your job to your children.


  48. Debra Hall says:

    my mom always said reading is good for the soul

  49. You can learn a lot of new words and have experiances when reading.

  50. Reading is actually almost an inherited trait in our family. My Mom loved books and our house was full of them. I have tried to carry on that tradition.


  51. Reading can take a person anywhere. It also is great mind exercise. My daughter and I often share books.

  52. Reading is important because it can be relaxing, uses imagination, and educates you.

  53. Reading is important to me because it allows me to stretch my thinking and learn about experiences I haven’t had.

  54. Reading is important because it gives me time to relax, to dream, to travel in my mind, to imagine and the list goes on!

  55. Because it enables mind growth and capacity

  56. linda lansford says:

    reading is important to improve your mind

  57. I feel like reading is important because it sets the foundation for a successful life.

  58. It’s great together time adn it teaches kids that reading is fun

  59. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    Reading is a fun escape to anywhere you want to go. I also think it makes a great vocabulary and an open mind.
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  60. I got my first library card when I was 4 and I expect to do the same thing with my kids. Reading is important because it brings joy and gets one of of one’s own small world.

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  61. Angela Cisco says:

    Reading helps exercise our minds and imagination.

  62. I read with my children everyday and my oldest reads to her little brothers. I think it is important because they learn about many different things.

  63. reading helps with imagination and it helps with learning and vocabulary

  64. It is important that my son grow up reading so that when he is an adult he has been trained to read. Plus it is proven that the more a small child is read to, the larger his vocabulary is/ Plus it is just great together time

  65. Stephanie Showalter says:

    In today’s technological age, we find reading a good way to get back to the basics.

  66. I think reading great entertainment and you are learning too

  67. Reading is important because it allows us to see the world as we want to see it and imagine things we never otherwise would have thought possible!

  68. Reading is just a part of a great education. We often read classics or history books and discuss at dinner.

  69. Jody Sisson says:

    Reading is important to learn and develop your mind.

  70. I’ve always been a reader and passed it along to my kids and grandson- and I got it from my mom & her mom before her etc. I think reading is important to us because it can take you so many places and you can find out anything you need to know- or whole new worlds.

  71. I always push reading with my kids and firmly believe it is vital to they’re growth and well-being. It’s so basic in communications and provides tools necessary to succeed today.

  72. Laura Lambie says:

    reading is important for our family because it provides some time together

  73. Reading is so important and I like to see books geared to boys! I read to my kids before they could even talk :).

  74. I was an early reader and still enjoy reading pretty much anything I can get my hands on. My daughter is also an avid reader, and now my oldest granddaughter is learning to read and is really into it.

  75. It really allows the imagination to work and shows you what is possible in life.