In March 2010 I read a New York Times article about a father/daugther pair who began reading together daily in what they termed The Streak, ultimately concluding their Streak on the day the daughter went to college ending at day 3,218. I was so inspired by the article that I began a Streak with my own children which extends to more than 1,400 days and has become a precious part of my relationship with my kids.
The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared is written by Alice Ozma, the daughter of the original Streak pair and describes not only how the Streak came about, but delves deeply into the personality and thoughts of Alice as she grows from a young adolescent to an independent woman. Additionally, the book unpacks the complicated relationship that exists between Alice and her father, Jim Brozina, exploring both Brozina’s divorce, his unusual relationship with his ex-wife, his challenges with dating, and his struggles with the evident marginalization of his job…as a public school librarian.
The books of the Streak provide the backdrop for the personal interactions that make up the Reading Promise and a list of the books is provided at the end of the book. That said, the Reading Promise is much, much more than that. It forced me to think about the interactions I have with my own daughters, how they are developing, and how I am part of that. The Reading Promise forced me to reflect on many things in my own life and for that, I am grateful.
You can get your copy of The Reading Promise here:The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared