I Can't Wait to Share These Books!
It is Family Literacy Day. Which kind of begs the question: isn't everyday family literacy day?
Does a day go by in your family without talking about books or reading? Or at least yelling at your kids to get their reading done?
My 11-year old is an avid reader and is currently obsessed with a British series called Cherub. It is about kid spies and it is, as usual, dark and depressing and the kids are the smartest characters in the book. (I know this because I read half of one while sick.) But some of my favourites I have passed on to him recently include: The Phantom Tollbooth and A Wrinkle in Time.
My 8-year old has finally started reading on his own, but we still read to him at night. My husband and he are enjoying the Magyk series by Angie Sage immensely. It has the right amount of suspense and wizardry in it to keep them entertained throughout it's 100s of pages. But my husband loves it too, but he is especially happy to start re-reading his copies of Tintin with him (with some self-editing.)
My daughter is six. And we are starting chapter books. I admit it, one of the reasons I wanted to have a girl was so I could read all my favourite girly books to her. We read Wizard of Oz this summer and it was a huge hit. I recommend it highly for this age group, the plot is straightforward and the book is different than the movie.
But most of all, I am excited to read Anne (with an E). Anne Shirley was my favourite character growing up and I can't wait to revisit her. But I am going to wait. I don't want to spoil it by reading it too early. I'm not sure when the best time is, but I have a fantasy of reading it together leisurely one summer. (yes, I am setting myself up for disappointment, but don't burst my bubble.)
In the meantime I am also scouring used bookstores for copies of: Ramona, Harriet the Spy, Superfudge and some old versions of the Famous Five (watch out the reboot is awful) to share with anyone who will listen.
What books are you excited to share with your kids? What are your current favourites?
Tip: If you are looking for some book ideas check out Pragmaticmom.com for middle school suggestions and I like ReadAloudDad for younger kids, but there are hundreds of blogs and resources out there for books.
Want more chaos? Last year I wrote about an incident at a local daycare that I don't even want to bring up.