Tuesday, August 17, 2010

What My Kids are Reading

I mentioned last week that Kyle had been enjoying the Ricky Ricotta books by Dav Pilkey. We've gotten a few more at the library.

He is actually sitting and reading books! I am thrilled. I was fairly sure his lack of interest was a developmental thing, because he learned to read so well so soon, but I know that there's no guarantee that all my children will love to read, so I've been waiting and hoping.

In addition to those, he has enjoyed a little Pokemon chapter book we picked up at the library, and The Great Puffle Switch that we had bought at the book fair last spring. He was asking for more of those books (because he can also use the included code online at Club Penguin), and I just noticed that they have quite a few in the "Choose Your Own Adventure" style, and they are part of amazon's 4 for 3, which I absolutely love, so I'm thinking that my little reader boy will get a reward.  Though we use the library a LOT, I like to have some books around, so that they will always have something to read.

As for Amanda, who will be starting middle school in just a few short weeks, she's really been enjoying the Iron King series. She read the first one (linked to my review), and just recently started The Iron Daughter, and is loving that too.

When I first read it, I wasn't sure if it might be a bit too intense for her, but I think it's okay. In addition, it uses a mild swear word fairly frequently (more frequently than in other books she's read, where it's just been a one-off), but we discussed it.

She also really enjoyed Belly Up, a dead hippo mystery. It has great reviews at amazon as well (and which I will be reviewing over at 5 Minutes for Books at some point).

I've linked this up to 5 Minutes for Books Kids' Picks.  Please join in, or see what other kids can recommend this month.

12 comments:

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Hooray for Kyle! I always loved choose-your-own-adventure type books as a kid.

I'll be curious to see your thoughts on Belly Up. Somewhere (maybe Amazon?) I read that there was some language, etc., so we've held off on this one for now. But it does look clever and engaging.

Carrie said...

YAY for Kyle! That's so awesome!

mommablogsalot said...

Belly Up sounds really cute - I'll look forward to reading your review! Congrats on Kyle starting to read more - so exciting to raise readers!

Brimful Curiosities said...

That's great that your son is starting to enjoy reading. Sounds like he has found some books that interest him.

Nancy said...

Alex will look through a book on his own but whenever I ask if he's reading the words or looking at the pictures, it's always the pictures. I wish I could figure out how to get him to actually READ by himself. Sigh.

I love Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid, such fun!

morninglight mama said...

Isn't it wonderful when kids begin to find the JOY that can be found in reading?? Yay for Kyle. :)

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

About Belly Up--Amanda DID say that it's not "for kids," and said that there was some language. So, yes, I will include that in my review for sure (whatever mature content there might be).

Lauren said...

Hooray for Kyle! I am hoping that my Best Girl is really going to take off in her love of reading this year. I want her to enjoy books as much as I do!

monica @ paperbridges said...

isn't that the best when the reading clicks! love watching that happen.

I didn't care for Iron King, even ignoring the f bomb. A combo of voice, character and writing didn't click. On to the next book in the pile. lol

Heather J. said...

Kiddo LOVES the Club Penguin books - especially since they do give him the code to use online. But hey, it gets him reading so I'm good with that! :)

Upstatemomof3 said...

I find with my almost six year old son that he goes through stages where he loves and then stages where he does not care about reading. I am working hard on schooling myself and letting him develop without too much pressure from me. I want to push him to read constantly but that is not smart. He did just find the Goosebumps Horrorland books and he seems to like those.

planetnomad said...

When Ilsa was allowed to pick any book from Powells, she chose "Iron King" based on your review. She loved it, although she came to tell me about the occasional swear word.

Has Kyle seen the Geronimo Stilton books? I'm sure he has since there are a million of them, but Abel really enjoyed those and they got him reading. Also Secret of Droon. I'm sure these are nothing new--why do I think I can recommend books when I've been living overseas?