Sunday, April 17, 2016

Symbol for Our Forthcoming Blog

The Reading Boy

Boy reading book with pirate ship background

From the creative genius of N. C. Wyeth, American artist and popular illustrator of the 20th century, active until 1945 when he perished in tragic car-train accident. He took up residence at Chadds Ford in southeastern Pennsylvania and established the area as the home ground for son Andrew and grandson Jamie––a patrimony of great importance to American art today.

We here think this wonderful illustration depicting soaring imagination is a very fitting symbol. A symbol for this blog's interest in encouraging boys, the reluctant readers in most households, to learn the wonders of good and classic works.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A Challenge

Model car atop books of Summers Run

"Reading is a gift. It's something you can do almost anytime and anywhere. It can be a tremendous way to learn, relax, and even escape."  Richard Carlson

Here at Along Cotton Road and our sister blog, A Feel Good Novel, we're issuing a challenge to readers and visitors to list cherished Books for Boys, and favorite "Feel Good" novels. 

Let's avoid the well-worn Harry Potter series and the Wimpy Kid phenomenon when making suggestions to get boys reading. Surely, there are works, new and old, that have been influential in providing boy readers with the grounding and role models that inspire.

As to "feel good" novels, let's hear from those of you who have enjoyed Jan Karon's Father Tim series set in mythical Mitford. Or, Rosamunde Pilcher's beloved novels set in Scotland or Cornwall.  Surely, there are others.

Please leave a comment or send an e-mail to with your recommendations.