with the oldest kiddo now in fourth grade,
& the youngest in first (just learning to really read),
todd & i have been placing a much larger focus on reading at home.
and reading has become a bit trendy:
the kids want to read anything that "everyone else" is reading,
which (at the moment) is:
- anything & everything Big Nate.
N has devoured the first 3 of the series,
is currently waiting for the arrival of book 4 (thank goodness for amazon)
& is tapping his foot (im)patiently waiting for book 5 to be released.
these stories are half book, half comic strip
(which totally bumps up their cool factor).
(photo credit: bignatebooks)
- Nerds: National Espionage, Rescue, & Defense Society.
i found this one while rummaging the shelves at barnes & noble,
attempting to find something to fill the big nate void.
these books are cleverly written,
& very similar to the silly cartoons that the kiddos love to watch.
(photo credit: abramsbooks)
- ivy & bean.
E wants to read whatever N is reading,
but Big Nate, Nerds, & others are too far a reach for a beginner reader.
the ivy & bean series is much more manageable,
while still being a bit challenging for her,
& the stories are great for us to read out loud as well.
(photo credit: anniebarrows)
while they do read the occasional single story,
the kids seem focused on reading series,
which is much different than what i was devouring as a young reader.
when i was in elementary school, my favorites included ...
what books do you recommend for young readers today?
what were your favorites as a child?
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