Finding books for my kids to read has been such a challenge. I know I may be a little pickier than some, but I just don't like those books that focus on nasty and disrespectful attitudes or boy/girl relationships. I don't need any more pressure on my little 9,8 and 7 year old girls on having a boyfriend and all that goes along with that.
So, as we have starting going to the library regularly, we have started to explore the options available for the 2nd-5th grade reading level. We have even found some that I think are great and my girls just haven't loved. Then, we find the ones that I am not crazy about and the girls can't get enough. But, we have been lucky enough to come to a couple of books that we both agree on and I thought I would share.
If you have any more suggestions, I would love to hear them. I am always looking for something new.
Katie Kazoo (this is Avery's all time favorite) - These books are about a little girl named Katie who is transformed into someone different in each book. She gets to see and live through the body and experiences of another person. The books encourage her to appreciate another point of view and how to adjust when you feel like you don't know what you are doing. They are written with just the right amount of humor and approved by this mom.
Jake Maddox (Morgan's new favorite) - These books are all about sports. It doesn't matter what sport you are into, you can find a Jake Maddox book about it. The thing I love about these books is that they are not specific to boys. They have books from football to cheerleading and everything in between. These books have excitement, sportsmanship and teamwork as some of their main themes.
American Girl (none of my girls are reading these right now, but they have and love them and they love the movies) - The best part of these books is the historical background. Each book takes a 9 year old girl's point of view on her life during a specific period of history. Some of my favorites are Addy, Molly, Kit, Felicity and Samantha. I think I have learned, as an adult, just as much as my kids when we read these. They even keep me on the edge of my seat and I want to read what happens next. We like to use these books as part of our school curriculum and read them together.
Magic Tree House (we own several of these but are not currently reading them) - These are ones I have to be careful with. I have read some that I think are great and encourage my children to read. Then, I have come across a couple that are very new age oriented and I won't allow them to read.
I have several other books that I look forward to them reading as they get older and develop more of a love for it. This is an area that I try to encourage in spite of my personal lack of desire to read. So, here are some of the ones for future reading.
The Chronicles of Narnia (my dad used to read these to me as a child and I have fond memories of it. My kids have seen the movie and my mom has read one of the books to them already) - These books are written with a plot line very similar to the story of Jesus. My children have loved these movies and I look forward to them becoming mature enough to enjoy the books even more.
The Hobbit (or any Tolkein book for that matter) - These books outline the ultimate battle between good and evil. This is another book I heard growing up and I have thoroughly enjoyed the movies as an adult.
So, do you have any more ideas for a mom trying to teach her kids the love of reading? If so, I would love to hear it.