Grandparents can be a great influence in encouraging grandchildren to read. You can read to your grandkids, have them read to you, suggest books for them to read, and give them books as gifts.
I’d like to tell you about a great book that you can give to a grandchild or suggest that she read it. It’s Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life by Bryan R. Johnson.
(Remember my free printable for a summer reading challenge for grandkids? You might want to print it up and share with your grandkids!)
Before I talk about the book, I want to chat with you about a word — the word epic. Epic is an adjective that means impressive, spectacular, great, awesome.
The basic idea of this book is that there are 7 words (or principles) that can make kids’ lives awesome and great. Wow! If I were a kid, I’d be super eager to learn how to make my life epic. (Heck, even at my age, I’m interested in having an epic life! Aren’t you?)
This book contains 7 short stories about 7 different kids. Each one faces a challenge. Like the one who doesn’t clean his room . . . and then rats take up residence there. One kid is tasked with painting an important mural but struggles to decide what to paint. And then there’s the kid who is a super entrepreneur and creates a fabulous money making business — until something goes drastically wrong!
(I personally liked the story about the girl who is interested in creating videos. I identified with her because I enjoy making them, too!)
This book encourage kids to follow their passion, to become involved in something that is bigger than themselves. It demonstrates how one person can make a difference — even if that one person is a kid. It also shows how joining together, people can make a difference in their own lives and in their communities.
Kids learn about being responsible for their actions, being socially responsible, and being a good citizen in the community. (Aren’t these all traits that parents and grandparents hope hope that their kids and grandkids have?) And kids learn it through the fun stories in the book!
Your grandchild doesn’t have to stop with just reading the book. She can go to the website and take the Code 7 Challenge. That challenge is to select a code word to live by and to share it with others. And then, put that code word into action.
After your grandchild reads the book, discuss what code word she would like to incorporate into her life. She can make a simple sign to put in her room as a reminder. Brainstorm things that she could do to put that code word into action. And, grandmas, YOU could select YOUR code word, too. Then, both of you can check up with each other to see how you are doing with living your code.
Code 7:Cracking the Code for an Epic Life is for kids ages 7 – 12. You can get it for around $8.50 on Amazon. (I don’t make any money if you buy it . . .)
Read it — and then LIVE it!