But I do think about it. I do let it annoy me. And I don't find the humor in it.
Why? Why do we call some one who loves reading a book nerd?
I mean we as librarians, reading teachers and even parents spend most of our child's early years trying to develop a love of reading only to turn around and call them a nerd when they profess to love reading.
This drives me nuts!
We think the athlete who uses his/her body for sports is sooooo cool.
But the kid that curls up in the corn with a good book, oh wait! They are a nerd.
Is this why in school libraries there's a major drop in students who check out books from the library starting in 5th grade?
Is this why I start fighting my 5th graders about mid year with a "yes, you have to check out a book.", "yes, the principal says you have too." Then they get smart and realize that after they have so many books out I won't let them check anymore out until they bring me the ones they already have. So what do they do? Stop returning their books so they don't have to get new books. The little
brats cuties are smart. I'll give them that!
I know it's not the only reason for the decline but maybe we need to stop calling book lovers nerds. Maybe we need to celebrate the love of reading by calling it Book Cool (I know, it doesn't have the same ring). Or what about book lover? That's an oldy but goody phrase.
Or maybe I need to stop thinking about it and accept my nerdiness and teach students to love theirs too.
OR perhaps I'll starts new slogan and change the world!