Monday, April 20, 2009
Boys. Books. Balls.
Sometimes we think boys like to read about sports because boys like to play sports, but boys don't play soccer just to win; they play to dream of being great. At something.
Books and stories are not that different from playing sports.
There are plenty of guys out there—baseball / soccer / sports guys. You know them. I've quit teams because of them. These are the dads focused on winning. For five year olds!
Most boys (and girls, too) will be culled out by high school, anyway, and another round at college, and the final cut: the pros.
Many grownup men have lost that loving feeling for why we play baseball, soccer, etc. It really is a game. It's not about winning. It's about dreaming to win.
Boys like books that let them dream about being great.
Ever watch a ten-year-old boy play basketball by himself?
Boys, who are allowed to dream about winning at an early age, win in whatever they do because they hold a dream inside of them. They don't have to hold the trophy in their hands.
What do we want for boys? And what books are they reading?