Real Men Read With Kids wants you, a real man, to commit five minutes (or ten or 30) of your day to read with a kid. That’s it. Just read. Show a kid that you value reading in your life. Be the role model. Be the mentor. Just read.

It can be a book, a newspaper, a magazine, a baseball card, a how-to manual, a website, an e-book – just read to or with a kid today! You can read print or electronic books, listen to audio stories, read a website or article – anything that engages you and a kid with text, ideas, and information.

If you accept the challenge, we want to hear about it. Share your story of reading with kids here – it can be a short note on our blog or sent via our contact us form below, a photo of you reading with a kid, or a short video. Then challenge all your male friends to do the same.

Let’s get this movement started.
Let’s show kids that real men read.
Read with a kid today!

Why Men?

Kids, especially boys, need to see men reading. Male role models are few and far between in the reading world. Boys are typically 1 to 1-1/2 years behind girls developmentally in reading by middle school. By high school it can be as much as three years behind. Boys who don’t read claim that they see reading as a “girly” activity. Why? Because most teachers and parents who read to or with kids are women. When was the last time a kid saw YOU, a real man, reading anything?

It’s time for real men to step up and show kids that reading is important to men, too.

Are you ready for the challenge?
Will you change a kid’s life forever by helping him or her become a reader for life?


Real Men Read with Kids is an online campaign started by Deb Hanson, a former teacher and librarian, who has a passion for getting kids – especially boys – to become readers for life.