#DadsRead Campaign Celebrates Fathers Reading to Kids

On the heels of #WeNeedDiverseBooks and before Father's Day, the social media campaign #DadsRead, an effort through The Good Men Project, is pushing against the negative stereotype that fathers are uninvolved in their children's reading lives to prove that dads read.
DadsRead_6_11_14Here’s a fun Father’s Day project: The Good Men Project has teamed up with Zoobean, the children’s app and book curation service, and other sponsors for a #DadsRead campaign, which is a grassroots effort to both encourage more fathers to read to their children and to celebrate the ones who are already doing it. Data from Pew Research (and other sources) suggest strongly that fathers are significantly less involved than mothers when it comes to the reading lives of their children. The Good Men Project means to combat that negative stereotype. From June 3 until Father’s Day (June 15), Zoobean, The Good Men Project, and the rest of the campaign's promotional partners are sharing personal stories, articles, and images across social media, all tied together with the hashtag #DadsRead. The Good Men Project shares five ways you can get involved with the #DadsRead campaign for Father’s Day:

1. SHOW US WHAT DADS READING REALLY LOOK LIKE

If you have a great picture of your dad reading with you or if you’re a dad and you have a picture of you reading with your kids, share it on Instagram or Twitter and tag it with #DadsRead. We want to flood social media with positive images of fathers taking the time to share books with their kids.

2. SHARE YOUR STORIES WITH US

If you have a favorite article or blog post about the importance of dads reading, share it on Twitter or Facebook with the #DadsRead tag. If your dad helped you develop a lifelong love of reading, go to The Good Men Project's #DadsRead website, and share in a comment.

3. TELL PEOPLE ABOUT #DADSREAD

Do you know someone who might be interesting in the #DadsRead campaign? Or think it sounds like just the sort of thing that your library’s reading group might be interested in? Then tell them about #DadsRead. Send them links to the stories we’ll be sharing over the next two weeks, let them know about the hashtag, or point them towards Zoobean or The Good Men Project to learn more.

4. COME TO OUR TWITTER PARTY AND WIN FABULOUS PRIZES

On June 12 at 8 p.m. ET, Zoobean and The Good Men Project will be co-hosting a Twitter party to celebrate the #DadsRead campaign, start some great discussions, and give away some fantastic prizes. If you’ve never been to a Twitter Party before, just make sure you’re following the #DadsRead hashtag at 8 p.m. ET on June 12, and you’ll be able to follow the conversation and tweet replies to our party hosts. For further details, follow @zoobeanforkids and @goodmenproject on Twitter.

5. ENCOURAGE YOUR KIDS TO READ, DAD

While, yes, we do want the #DadsRead campaign to change the conversation online about dads and reading, more than anything, we hope #DadsRead reinforces how important it is for fathers to be active participants in the reading lives of their children. And it doesn’t need to be a one-size-fits-all solution. Yes, if you’re a dad and you enjoy reading, you should try to make time to read with your kids. But, if you’re a dad who’s uncomfortable reading out loud, maybe drive your kid to the library. Ask them questions about what they’re reading and, if they’re not reading, encourage them to find books that really speak to their interests. If your kid is a reluctant reader, let them see you reading, dads. Model the behavior that you want to see your kids emulating. Let them know that reading is just as important to dads as it should be for kids. We would love to get as many people as possible participating in the #DadsRead campaign this year. Reading is a wonderfully nourishing and inspirational gift that fathers can share with their kids and, for the dads that already do read with their children, we can’t think of a better time of year to say “Thanks, Dad” than on Father’s Day. For more information on The Good Men Project and #DadsRead, visit here.

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