Cool Boys Read, Inc.


We'll Have What He's Having!

Posted by Susan Herriott on July 22, 2011 at 11:41 AM Comments comments (3)

On Wednesday evening, my boys and I went to the Letter Rip meeting to talk about our presentation at the Harlem Book Fair and the submission process for our fourth book. After the meeting, we went inside the library so Amir could update his library reading log. The librarian mentioned that there was a book buddy there who could read to Amir. (Book buddies are older children, grades six and up, who sign up with the library to read to younger children.)


How happy I was to discover that the book buddy that evening was a young brother who will be in the seventh grade in the fall. With a little encouragement, Amir allowed the book buddy to read a book he was returning. Then he picked out a new book and had the book buddy read that to him too.


My heart was bursting to see this young boy acting as a literacy champion. I had to ask him a few questions, and here’s what I found:


  • He signed up for the program on his own because he really wanted to do it. He wanted to do it last year too, but at the time you had to be a rising seventh grader. He felt cheated when he learned that the library had lowered the grade requirement this year.
  • He’s enrolled in the library’s summer reading program but hasn’t been keeping up with the log. “I’ve read way more than I’ve put on my log,” he reported, sounding enthusiastic about the amount of reading he’s done.
  • He loves reading.
  • He doesn’t like writing as much, but he does keep a journal because “it’s important to remember what happened.”

Oh my goodness! I want to bottle this part of him and give it to all our boys. Well, in my own way, I really am trying to do that.


Parents, it’s OK if our boys aren’t completely self-motivated yet. If we keep encouraging them, we’re certainly planting the right seeds. So as we wait to see more of the fruits of our labor, I will delight in the memory of this young boy who has provided a glance at what our harvest might include: reading for pleasure, writing for personal benefit and volunteering to help others. Oh yes, we want that, too!


The Workout Kid and Other Boys Doing Big Things

Posted by Susan Herriott on July 21, 2011 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Our boys are really cool, but there are some other boys out there who are also doing some really cool things. I just found out about The Workout Kid, CJ Senter ( This 10-year-old has his own workout DVD! From the videoclip I watched, it looks fun and has some cool graphics.

I think it’s really important to expose our boys to kids like themselves who are already turning their interests and abilities into noteworthy accomplishments. Childhood is precious, and it’s important to have time to just be a kid . . . but it’s never too early to start doing big things. With great parental support, our kids can achieve so much!

Links to the Workout Kid Web site and an article about CJ are posted on our Links page under “Other Boys Doing Cool Things.” There’s also information about other young movers and shakers, like a 14-year-old who invented a surgical technique and a 9-year-old who developed an application for the iPad.

The Links page is a great resource with video clips of other impressive young boys, articles for parents, and information about reading programs with incentives from organizations like Barnes & Noble, Chuck E. Cheese’s and NY Knicks/NY Liberty. Check it out at