I wanted to share a few suggestions for books that you might want to Read Together. You do not have to read one of these books to participate, but I do have discussion guides** for these, so I thought that might make it easy, and it might make it more interesting if some of us are reading the same books at the same time. If you are trying to read with an older teen, you might suggest that they pick a book that they would like to share with you.
Some suggested books:
Toys Go Out is appropriate for boys and girls from ages 4 through elementary school (so it would be good if you wanted to read a book together as a family). It's a great book about friendship and conquering fears. This was the book that Amanda's entire elementary school read and studied. I have a discussion guide that they gave us that goes chapter by chapter and is great for sharing thoughts with one another.
The Fairy Chronicles--This book would probably be of interest to girls, ages five or six up to ten, at least. It's a story of Girl Power! Amanda and I both recently enjoyed the first two in the series. My review appears today at 5 Minutes for Mom, so click over to find out more (and enter to win one of 5 copies this week).
First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover would be a good read for girls ages ten or twelve up through teens. As I stated in my review at 5 Minutes for Mom, I loved this book reading it solely for myself. My full review is HERE.
Frindle by Andrew Clements could be enjoyed by girls or boys ages seven to twelve. It's an interesting read and brings up issues of authority, creativity, success, and the power of suggestion. My review is HERE.
**As mentioned, The Penderwicks and Toys Go Out have chapter by chapter question guides. I have (or will) write general end-of-book guides for the others. If you are interested, please email me at jennifer(dot)snapshot yahoo (dot) com, or leave a comment here with your email address. Please put the name of the book in which you are specifically interested in the title line of the email.
If you can suggest any great books for parents and kids to discuss, feel free to leave the title and age range in the comments, and what specifically would make it a great book to spark togetherness.