Saturday, November 17, 2007

Do You Know What Your Child Is Reading?

A couple weeks ago, many of you received the Email warning you about the upcoming movie The Golden Compass. Finding out about this movie which is based on a book - troubled me. My son has read 2 of the 3 books in the series, and was actually in the midst of reading the 3rd. I had no idea that the author and the content was so anti-religion and anti-Christian. My son is an AVID reader! He panics when he finishes a book and doesn't have another waiting to be read. The library is one of his favorite places to be.

I can not read every book he wants to read before he does. I do read the jackets, and turn some of his selections down. But that is not a very thorough way to determine if a book is acceptable or not.

A few blogging friends of mine were discussing this last week and have decided to start a community blog where we read and review pre-teen and teen books from a Christian perspective. This way, like I do with movies, I can go to this website and read a review that presents information on the book so I can make an informed decision on if a book is OK for my teen to read, or not!

We have a few bloggers who have agreed to participate, to read 1 - 2 books a month and post reviews.

We want this to be a God-centered endeavor, something that would glorify Him.

If you would like to be a part of this exciting new blog, leave me a comment or email me. And if you know of anyone who may be interested, send them my way!


Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

I emailed Shawnan back and forth about this. I would love to participate. I'm not much into the teen girl reading arena but I suggested maybe I could blog on topics associated with a particular book...leadership, responsibility, loyalty, peer pressure, etc. Just a thought. And I think this is a wonderful idea.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking on this need!!

elswhere said...

Though it's not focused on Christianity per se, you might be interested in the blog "Deliciously Clean Reads" at . She has a blogroll of other "clean reads" sites that might be of interest to you.

Bravo to you for taking this on on behalf of your family and community rather than expecting the public library to limit their stock of books!

elswhere said...

Another thought--the children's or teen librarian at your local public library may be able to recommend some titles that would correspond to your values. Some libraries even have booklists of Christian fiction for teens.

Queen Talia said...

ooh can i help?
because as long as it's okay to not run out and buy new books--we love the library, right?--i can do it. i'm a speed readerrrr.

Alexia said...

What a great idea! I'm an avid reader myself and plan on my kids being the same ;) I would love to read/review books for the site!

Shawna said...

Oh gosh!! More reviewers!! Yey!!!