My daughter won a prize! Both my kids enroll in the summer reading program at the library because they enjoy the coupons they receive as rewards. My daughter was also entered in a drawing for each hour she read, and she won.
Her prize was 4 Royals baseball tickets and the an autographed hardback, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler. On the cover of the book is a seal displaying the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature from the American Library Association. And the first three sentences of the book:
“Froggy Welsh the Fourth is trying to get up my shirt.
This is the third Monday that he’s come over to my apartment after school. Every week we go a little further…”
My daughter will not be reading this. We all agree (including her) that it is not worth her time, nor would there be any edification in reading it.
My opinion is that the library could have done much better in their selection of literature as a prize. How about a classic? Or a thought provoking novel about current events that does not include some boy putting his hand up the girl’s shirt? I’m sure the library’s position is that this is the sort of novel to which teens relate. This in itself is a sad statement to the drivel our children are expected to read and are being raised to enjoy. And I am glad to say that my teen cannot relate.
So, I’d love to hear how you would handle this. I know what we plan on doing with the book, but would love to hear other viewpoints.