So what is keeping my 6-year-old boy's interest?
- No Babysitters Allowed is a cute story about a bunny who doesn't want his parents to go out and leave him with a babysitter. It is a longer picture book, with a fair amount of words, so I was proud of him reading it all himself. We actually bookmarked it one night and continued the next, which is something I've learned to do. If he's getting frustrated, or tired (or I am), we just stop and start again later, even if we only have 5 pages to go. I think that he likes using a bookmark.
- On our big driving trip to Texas, in addition to us all listening to Island of the Blue Dolphins, I got some books that I thought Kyle might like (that he listened to on headphones using the rear entertainment system). I was SO happy that he really liked the Magic Treehouse books: Tonight on the Titanic, Buffalo before Breakfast, Tigers at Twilight, and Dingoes at Dinnertime.
He's just not developmentally ready to read a whole chapter book, although I think that skill-wise he could. But I'm hoping that sometime within the next few months he will be ready to tackle some of the Magic Tree House books that we've collected over the year, especially now that he knows he likes them, and he's familiar with the storyline.
- Another book that kept him busy and quiet on the ride was Yukon Ho! (Calvin and Hobbes). It's words on a page, he processes them with his eyes and his mind, and it keeps him engaged. I guess that's reading, right?? I want him to read, and to love it, and I'm going to try my best to keep giving him things that encourage him that Reading is Fun!
Amanda, 11 1/2, has no trouble finding books that interest her. Over at 5 Minutes for Books, I wrote about her reading of Alice in Wonderland, and specifically her experience using the 100 Classic Books cartridge. She really enjoyed the book.
Other books that have kept her reading this summer:
- I,Q: The White House -- She and I both read I,Q at the beginning of the summer, and really loved it. I'll be reading book two soon, and I'm happy to say that we will be offering a giveaway of both titles over at 5 Minutes for Books in August!
- The Princess Diaries -- We picked this up at our pilgrimage to Half-Price Books on our Texas trip. She's been wanting to explore more tween/teen appropriate literature, and this book was a dollar, so I thought I'd let her try it. She liked it, and says it's age-appropriate, but thinks that the second in the series might not be. She read the first couple of chapters, and though she's still interested, I think she decided to wait. I encourage her to explore, but I am at the stage where I am coaching her to discern herself instead of previewing everything that she might read.
- I also gave her Iron King (linked to my review) to read, and she's only partway in, but loving it! There is some language in this, so it might not be appropriate for some middle schoolers, but I tolerate language more than mature content, and since I've read it, I know it's okay.