When Scherrie of Thirty Mommy invited us to her "Boys and Books" Club, I thought it was such a great idea. Since both our sons love to read, they'd enjoy getting together to discuss a book and hangout.
So we headed over the Brooklyn Library to discuss "The Journal of Joshua Loper: A Black Cowboy", which was a good pick since it was also Black History Month. Before starting the book discussion, the boys received folders that they could decorate with their names and keep notes inside of.
They also received pieces to do an Art and Crafts project. They could make their own cowboy. Granted he was a spoon but the boys enjoyed coloring him and glue his eyes, hat and handkerchief.
After that the boys were really excited to discuss the book, character and answer questions. I was very impressed with how the boys understood the story-line and lifestyle of Joshua Loper. They were even able to comment on the racial sub-story of being a "black" cowboy and trying to improve your life, which was dangerous in some states.
While the book discussion was good, it was really the bounding and encouragement the boys gave to each other that was important. All boys need to know it's okay to be smart and intellectual along with sporty, etc. Especially "black" and "brown" boys.
We look forward to the next "Boys and Books" Club meeting!