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Class Information

Below are the date, time, location, and outline for this class.

What Your Kids Are (or Could Be) Reading and How to Talk to Them About It

Taught by Elaine Hawker


Day Time Location
Friday, August 2 9 a.m. Ricks 161
Elaine Hawker

Elaine Hawker


Hawker received both her M.A. in English as well as her B.A. in English Education from Brigham Young University.

She has taught Children’s Literature at Ricks/BYU-Idaho for 21 years. She has written a monthly children’s literature column for the past nine years.

At her last count, Hawker owns around 3,000 children’s books, and is the only person she knows of who randomly helps strangers in Barnes and Noble children’s section. She also spent three-and-a-half years in the nursery as the nursery supervisor.

Class Outline

What are your children reading? Are your children reading with or without you? How can you talk to them about what they're reading? The purpose of this workshop is to help parents become active participants in their children's reading and learning.

1.    Children reading in general
a.     Boys read less well than girls
b.     Our responsibility to choose appealing books for males
        and females
2.    New favorites
a.     Books with strong role models
b.     Books to entice reluctant readers
3.    Discussing issues in current favorites 
a.     Portrayals of love
b.     Portrayals of heroism