"The only way a kid is going to practice is if it's total fun for him ... and it was for me. "
Wayne Gretzky's statement about practising hockey applies equally to reading.
Parents register their children for sports, drive them to try-outs, games, and tournaments and support them from the stands. Parental support for reading may involve borrowing books to read at home, supporting struggling readers, letting children choose books they like, and making reading fun by choosing appropriate, interesting and varied reading materials.
Here are a few books with a hockey theme for children:
The Mighty Tim Horton is one of several excellent hockey books by Mike Leonetti.
Le Hockey is a new book from a publisher in Montreal.
Many children's fiction and non-fiction titles with a connection to hockey are available.
Selling the Dream, subtitled "How hockey parents and their kids are paying the price for our national obsession," is an interesting read for parents.
The library has instructional books on hockey for coaches and trainers.
Whatever sport or hobby your child pursues, there's time to fit in some reading on the journey. Hockey players dangle, snipe, celebrate and read books!!