Several readers have requested the reading list from my previous post about the book club my daughter and I have started. I’ll include a variety of other books that we have read together as well.
I’ll also share the invaluable advice I got from the reading specialist at our daughter’s school. She suggested that we plan a reading diet, which should include many types of books ranging from easy to hard. The idea is that children can work on intonation and pronunciation reading easy books aloud while harder books give them practice de-coding, which is an important skill as well. In short, different kinds of books give a child a chance to develop different kinds of reading skills.
Our List for 2010:
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (Sophie heard this was a good book and wanted to read it. I thought it was too old for her as it’s about boy-girl teenage angst but decided to let her figure that out on her own. She lasted for about 10 pages. Now we’re on to the next selection, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.)
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C O’Brien
Charlotte’s Web by EB White
Puppy Patrol #41 by Jenny Dale
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz and Robert Byrd
Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
Other favorites to date:
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
The Magic Tree House books (Sophie began reading these books in 1st grade and they held her attention until fall of 3rd grade. She has read about 40 of them.)
Rules by Cynthia Ward (This was my favorite of the books read in the school book club and she read it aloud to us at home. Every child and parent should read this book and discuss the rich themes it.)
Many, many of the Nancy Drew mysteries by Carolyn Keene from the 1940s and 50s. (There are occasionally insensitive phrases used in the books that we turn into a teachable moment about how “we don’t talk that way anymore but in those days they didn’t know better.”) By the way, we tried the “new” Nancy Drew series and Sophie’s one word review was “boring.”
It’s So Amazing is truly AMAZING!
The book that has captured her attention in a way that surprised me is It’s So Amazing by Robie H. Harris. We get most books out of the library because we have a lot of kids’ books already but this is one that we have been reading over months instead of weeks. This book is about human sexuality and is narrated by a bird and a bee in a way that lightens up a complicated subject. I wasn’t sure how to approach the subject so I just read aloud beginning at page 1.
Let me tell you that I would have paid $100 for this book. The way it describes the complex nature of reproduction, puberty and sexuality is invaluable. I was so relieved to have this book do a lot of the explaining for me and think that for our daughter age 8 was the perfect time to start. We wanted her to learn facts from us not from kids on the playground. We keep it on a low shelf and have told her that she can look at it anytime. She reads it on her own as well and often asks my husband or me to reread portions of it that she’s still processing. If your child is ready, this book is invaluable.
Now it’s your turn. Send me your favorites!