Are book clubs extinct?

I love how teenagers are into expressing themselves now through blogging. Back in the day we had diaries and journals. I think my diary was in a little box with a lock on it.
But now they are blogging and video journaling.  With the topics ranging from everyday life of a teenager to fashion, music and yes even books.

Here is one blog post I found by a teen about book clubs she is attending.  She asks in this post the all time question. Are book clubs for old people? Are they??  Are books clubs extinct? Read the post and tell me what you think.

Tonight I went to a book club meeting for Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo. It was a small group of about 7 people of which I was the youngest. Everyone else was in their 40s-60s. When I mentioned this to my sister, she laughed and explained that book clubs/groups are for old people. I went to argue with her when I realized that I was the only young person that I knew who went to these things. Since I’m planning on eventually leading my own book clubs, I now have to wonder are book clubs among younger people impossible or if Facebook has completely changed the definition and purpose of a book club for forever.
Am I one of the only young people left that wants to meet face to face to discover and discuss books? I guess I’ll find out in the next couple of weeks when I hold my very first book club event at the end if this month.

A Growing and Thriving Book Club…

Clip from News Report

Did you know?                                                                                                                                                There is one club for Little Mocha Girls called God’s Reading Stars that is for ages 4 to 16.  Their club motto is Reading is Believing, Achieving and Succeeding.  God’s Reading Stars have also appeared on the local news. NEWS CLIP HERE.   These girls don’t just read together but they also go on outings together.    Not just trips to the library but they are traveling to Atlanta,GA and Baltimore, MD to attend workshops.
Go Little Mocha Girls Go!

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Would You Buy Your Kid a Diet Book?

Ok, this is a crazy one.  A diet book aimed at…wait for!  According to the article below, the book is aimed at 14-year-old girls and older.  But the cover and the language are for a younger audience.

If you are a parent of an overweight child, by the time you think you need this book, it might be…let’s just say… toooo late!  Her self-esteem is looking up at the bottom.  She would have endured you, family, friends and complete strangers comments, questions and just meanness (aka bullies).  All young girls starting out in elementary school and up deal with one thing more than anything else.  FITTING IN!!

Do you think the Black Community will embrace this idea?  Share your thoughts.

Article below by MomFinds,

Yes, this is serious. Maggie Goes on a Diet is a new children’s diet book that’s slated to arrive in bookstores this October.

The story is simple enough. Maggie is 14 and overweight. “Through time, exercise and hard work, Maggie becomes more and more confident and develops a positive self image” the book description reads.

Seems harmless enough, right? Obesity is a sad reality that some of our children have to deal with, so why not offer a book that puts it all in perspective for them? Call me crazy, but I’m not opposed to children’s diet books. I just think choosing the target audience is critical. And this is where I think Maggie Goes on a Diet fails. The story’s heroine is 14 but the book is written at the reading level of children ages 4-8. Why the disparity?

The fact remains, Maggie is breaking new ground in the world of children’s books and as scary as it is to have to talk to kids about dieting, it’s a reality for some parents. So why not have a book that makes it a little easier?

I haven’t read this one yet, but it sounds like it offers a healthy, balanced plan for weight loss and healthy living. It may be sad that we even need books like this, but isn’t is better to have a book the deals with the topic responsibly rather than having children starve themselves… or remain dangerously overweight because no one wants to face reality.

What do you think? Do you think children’s diet books are a bad idea? Would you buy one for your kids?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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