As school lets out and summer begins, area middle schoolers have a new way to find books to enjoy, thanks to the creativity and efforts of a local Girl Scout.
Katie Eisenman, a seventh-grade Girl Scout at Ladue Middle School, completed her Girl Scout Silver Award project by creating a book review blog for teens and middle schoolers. An avid reader, Katie said she wanted other kids her age to be able to enjoy reading and have a resource for finding books they would like. She named it The Reading Ram’s Book Blog after her school’s mascot, and wrote and published a book review every week for a year. She also occasionally posted about special readings and events at area libraries.
“Keeping a blog up and running is a lot harder than I thought it would be,” Katie said. “But hopefully it will make kids have fun reading books, and then they’ll be introduced to the world of reading. Everyone needs to read a good book.”
The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette, girls in grades six through eight, can earn, and requires girls to identify a need in their community and dedicate at least 50 hours toward addressing and solving the issue. Over the year she spent working on the blog, Katie worked more than 156 hours on the project.
After a year of blogging and reviewing books—which ranged from fantasy to historical fiction to non-fiction—Katie handed over the reins to her teacher and Silver Award advisor. Students in the teacher’s class write and post book reviews each week. Katie said she’s happy the blog will continue to help middle school students for years to come, across the country and even the world; her blog received reads from countries as far away as Poland, Spain and Russia.
“Several of my friends who read the blog told me how much they enjoyed reading the books I reviewed,” she said. “I’m so glad that I could give them reading choices. Now they know that there are a lot of good books to be read, and reading can be super fun if you have a good enough book.”
Readers can check out The Reading Ram at www.thereadingramsbookblog.blogspot.com.