June 7, 2019 at 5:24 pm #6109
How do we not have a Kids Book thread so far haha?June 7, 2019 at 5:25 pm #6110
I have been thinking about kids books a lot lately because I just did a huge book order, and had to come up with some new books for Rhett for summer time.
Mary, have you guys ever read something called “The Land of Stories?” A few of Rhett’s friends love them, but I’m not sure they’re his cup of tea.
Rhett will still read picture books/”easy” books for fun because they are old favorites and just straight-up fun. But, since First Grade reading-wise, he’s full-on into the chapter book phase. I absolutely LOVE passing along some of my old faves to him, and then I am in book heaven.
Some favorites from 2nd grade and this summer:
1) The Boxcar Children series–Rhett started this in 1st grade. Perfect for that reading level. He reads those on his own. But I secretly wanted to re-read the 1st one so bad, so I read it too. I loved Boxcar Children as a kiddo.
2) Roald Dahl books–Rhett can read some of these by himself, some with me. It just depends on the difficulty level. He loves “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” “James and the Giant Peach” “Matilda.”
3) Charlotte’s Web–from Rhett’s 2nd grade class, and he loved it.
4) Ramona & Beezus–also from his 2nd grade class, and he also loved it. I used to LOVE Beverly Cleary books! There are some that skew more towards girls, some more towards boys. I just got Rhett “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” to read on his own, so we’ll see how that goes.
5) How to Train Your Dragon series–Rhett can read some of this himself, some with me. The language can be quite difficult at times, so there’s no way he can do these 100% on his own. But, he loves them.
6) The Magic Treehouse and Merlin Mysteries series–Rhett can read these by himsef, and he loves them. They are fun, simple adventure stories, good for 1st/2nd grade level.
7) Hardy Boys!–I just got Rhett his first Hardy Boys book. We’ll see how he likes it. I enjoyed them as a kid, so hopefully he’ll like them.
8) A Dog’s Purpose series–I personally don’t care for these books, but Rhett likes them because they’re about animals 🙂 He can mostly read them, with some help on some words or comprehension if needed.
9) Any old-time fantasy books that I loved as a kid–Wizard of Oz, Neverending Story, Alice In Wonderland, Secret Garden. Rhett loves the stories, but can’t read them completely on his own yet. It’s fun to read with him though, and then one day, he can re-visit them himself.
10) Dogman & Captain Underpants–these are staples in our house, and Rhett will re-read them time and again. I’m fine with them. I like the silliness of them for a kid his age.
There are some girl-oriented books I read as a kid that are just not Rhett’s thing, but dang, I wish they were haha! It would be so fun to read Babysitter’s Club again LOL!!June 8, 2019 at 8:16 pm #6111
Funny how it took us this long to create one. I’m excited to see what comes up in here. I’m naturally turning to my own childhood favorites but am excited to explore newer material through the kids.June 9, 2019 at 5:21 pm #6112
Me too! I need a few more ideas for Rhett. Most of the girly books from my childhood are a no-go with Rhett, so that stinks for me! But, I did read a lot of adventure stories & “boy” books growing up, so those are fun to pass along to him. Someone suggested Land of Stories, but I don’t think he would like it.July 9, 2019 at 6:25 am #6201
I hardly ever go into an actual bookstore anymore, but we went to Barnes & Noble yesterday because Rhett wants to read a few biographies. He picked out a few at his reading level that he was interested in. His school does a summer reading challenge that we log on the computer, so he’s motivated to do more because there’s just something about logging it all down and seeing a visual of what you’ve read/what you want to read.
Then, he started seeing all of these other books that he wanted. And it was sooooooo hard for me to say No to any of them. Because, well, they’re books! I can’t even say No to myself about books haha! So, we ended up with several additional books. He’s going to try the “Goosebumps” series too. He seemed interested in it. I didn’t even get myself one book! I was a good girl 🙂 (that, and Rhett literally was pulling me to checkout telling me not to buy anything. “Keep moving. Nothing to see here.”) 🙂 🙂July 10, 2019 at 1:29 pm #6205
I haven’t been to a B&N in ages. We still have one in town but I rarely venture that way. Mike will take the kids in there every now and then during football season. He looks at the Fantasy Football magazines while the kids hang in the kids zone. lolJuly 11, 2019 at 12:19 pm #6208
I know, right?!? Remember Borders? I used to go into Borders all the time before they all closed down. We have several mom & pop used book stores in the area, but I don’t go to those much anymore because usually I’m looking for something specific and I don’t just browse books anymore because I don’t have the time. I go to B&N occasionally, but it’s rare. I’ve never been a big fan of B&N, but now they’re literally the only bookstore! Ugh! Sad 🙁 I definitely get majority of our books online.August 14, 2019 at 6:21 am #6286
Next Dogman book comes out this week! We pre-ordered it like 6 months ago, so Rhett is excited to check the mail every day 🙂
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