Reading is the best “play” activity and I am totally geeking out with all of the books Rhett is reading now. When he was born, I could not wait for the day when we could read some of my favorite childhood classics, and we are definitely there! His favorite books right now are Captain Underpants & Dogman. Hey, what can I say of an 8-year old boy haha! He also really likes Magic Treehouse & Merlin Mysteries. Great books for a young boy. He can mostly read them himself, but we still help with some of the harder, weirder words and passages. And now, we are getting into the children’s classics. I just bought him the first Boxcar Children book. Remember those? I used to love them as a kid! He can read those by himself. He saw the Wizard of Oz around Christmas & loves it, so I bought him the book. I’ll probably have to help him with that one. I got him some books from movies he loves, like Alice In Wonderland, Neverending Story. So fun! Can’t wait to get into all of those. It will be a great challenge for his reading too. He now loves How To Train Your Dragon, so I got him the first few books of that series. I am so proud of his interest in books. It is so hard nowadays with so many competing interests and so much time spent on other activities. I just always want him to have a love of books, whichever books he wants to love. I know that reading has its ups and downs with kids, and that’s okay. When he’s in a good period, I run with it. There are some books that are “too hard” for him at this stage, but I encourage him to try anyway and push himself. Having little illustrations or pictures in the classic books helps a lot too. Don’t get me wrong, he still loves picture books, pop-up books, and other books from when he was younger. Usually, I like to leave a bunch of those on the shelf too, so he can feel successful at some of the easier reading. And frankly, a bunch of those books are straight up fun to read and look at. He still loves to read Pete the Cat, the Llama Llama books, the Pigeon Drive the Bus books, that kind of stuff. I still enjoy hearing him read those books out loud.
Since Rhett loves whales, he saw my Moby Dick book and said he wanted to read it. Haha! I was like, um, not yet! I think you’re not quite ready for that one yet! Mommy can barely read that damn book haha! I have a love/hate relationship with Moby Dick. It is a classic and I respect it, but it’s not my favorite, that’s for sure.