I had a memorable experience this morning with my son & the NYC Dads Group that I wanted to share with other parents. This may resonate with many parents that enjoy reading with their kids as well as those who wish they spent more time doing it.
I sat at a small coffee table with a laptop under the shady trees of the outdoor, open-air Bryant Park Reading Room. My son was sidled up close in the chair next to me. Nope, I wasn’t blogging or watching Yo Gabba Gabba with my little guy. We were immersed in reading classic children’s books online. Instead of turning the physical pages of a book, my son had a blast clicking the mouse so we could read on. I realize that reading a book on a pc or an iPad may not sound like cutting edge stuff. However, on this morning, the NYC Dads Group participated in an exciting new charitable reading initiative called “We Give Books.” For every book you read online via their website, one physical book is donated to a child who doesn’t have any (through a high needs charitable organization). Basic concept: “Read a book. Give a book.” My son and I had the opportunity to read three short (maybe 8 or 10 pages long) read aloud books together today before his attention span turned to the adjacent ping pong tables. Either way, we had a nice bonding experience, and donated three books to a charity on our behalf. Pretty simple and cool concept! The other dads enjoyed the experience with their children as well – over a dozen books were donated based on our event today.
How did the NYC Dads Group get involved with We Give Books?