11 Year old starts “Books N Bros” book club

Sidney Keys, an 11-year old African-American, noticed that his St. Louis school library had very few books about kids like himself.  So he started Books n Bros, a book club for 8- to 12-year-olds who get together and read African-American literature.  Sidney also wanted to improve literacy among his peers, as he saw many of them stop reading by age 8 or 10.


There’s a St. Louis-area bookstore that focuses on African-American culture, and they’ve been a big help with suggested readings.  After seven months Sidney’s club has over 30 members who get together once a month to read out loud and discuss what they are reading.


Sidney’s mom has seen a real difference in her son.  “He's more confident,” she said. “He speaks up for himself more.  He's a different kind of kid than he was before the book club.”  Sidney's school has decided to diversify the literature on its bookshelves.  And Sidney explained, “What makes me really happy is seeing all the happy faces of all my members – so happy about reading.”


How about encouraging other young school children to start book clubs based on shared interests, whether those are cultural or sports related or whatever!  Parents can provide snacks for meetings, school librarians can help pick out books, and perhaps a local business would be willing to donate a set of paperbacks for the club members.


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Over 5,000 "Little Free Libraries" appear around the world

It's called the "Little Free Library" and the idea has spread rapidly over the last few years.  These are little boxes shaped like small houses that contain books that anyone can use. 

How does it work?  Anyone can walk up to these libraries and look through the books.  If you find a book that you like, take it and leave a book in exchange.  People love these libraries and the books change every day!

The "Little Free Library" was started by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks in 2009.  Since they created the first one, over 5,000 libraries have appeared around the world (see the map).  You can either create your own library or order one from their website.  These Little Free Libraries have created a sense of community and have encourage people to read!


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Studies show reading is good for your health

  • Published in Health

Good News from Sunstone Online:


Of course, we all know in theory that reading is good for us. Now, however, researchers are proving just how good it is and how much benefit may be derived for those bookworms out there. Neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield explains that reading helps to lengthen attention spans and to improve a child’s ability to think clearly.

As she explains,

“Stories have a beginning, a middle and an end – a structure that encourages our brains to think in sequence, to link cause, effect and significance. It is essential to learn this skill as a small child, while the brain has more plasticity, which is why it’s so important for parents to read to their children. The more we do it, the better we get at it.’

As John Stein, emeritus professor of neuroscience at Magdalen College, Oxford, explains, “Reading exercises the whole brain.”

A study in 2009 found that reading actually helps us to create new neural pathways, as our brains process the experiences that we read about. This does not occur from watching television, playing computer games or engaging in other passive activities.

Another fascinating study from the University of Sussex in 2009 found that a mere six minutes of reading can reduce stress levels by more than two-thirds. They found that this amount of reading was more beneficial than listening to music or going for a walk.

Finally, one more study, from the University of California, Berkeley, that was published in the Archives of Neurology, showed that reading from a young age can actually help in the prevention of Alzheimer’s. It inhibits the formation of amyloid (protein) plaques which are found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s. The scientists who conducted this study found that people who had been doing brain-stimulating activities like reading, playing chess, writing letters and more since the age of six showed very low levels of amyloid plaques as they aged. For those who hadn’t engaged in such activities, the plaque levels were heightened.


Fisherman, James.  "Reading, A Dose of Medicine for the Mind and Body". Sunstone Online. 26 August 2012. Web.

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