If you’re anything like me, you want your magical creatures to continue reading after the last school bell rings for summer. Of course you do! It keeps their little minds working through the summer months, but we also want them to see that reading is FUN!!!! And summer reading can be a great time for that. No books they HAVE to read or have completed by a certain time. Time for some relaxation and FREEDOM!
So to prepare you for the coming months, I have some cautionary words, some encouragement and some reading suggestions!
Words of Caution, Suggestion and Encouragement:
As a mom and a teacher I have learned – many times the hard way – some things about encouraging reading:
- Your kiddos may not be interested in the same types of books that interest you. BE OK WITH THAT!
- If your young readers don’t know what types of books they like yet, grab a big pile of age and level appropriate books of all different genres that sound fun (to your kid…not necessarily you) and take them all home to peruse!
- With that – KNOW WHAT YOUR KIDS ARE READING!!! I wrote another post about that a while ago and it might be worth the read. Be aware that knowing what our kids are reading is no different than being vigilant about what they watch. Please don’t send your kid off into the reading world without being willing to read what they are reading and discuss it. Just because it is a book does not mean that the words and topics inside are appropriate.
- Don’t be a book snob! What you are reading or your kid is reading does not make you or your kid better than my honor student! Some folks like reading chick lit, which makes me want to poke my eye out!!!, but does not mean that they are less of a reader than I am. I read quite a bit of fantasy and sci-fi which most people consider extremely weird and dorky. Soooooo to each his own. Graphic novels, mysteries, fantasy, classics – READ ALL THE BOOKS! AND LET YOUR KIDS!!!!
- Let your kids see you reading! If your kids see that you enjoy reading, that it’s an adventure, then hopefully they won’t view it as a chore.
- Be patient. Be willing to help your magical creatures find the books that speak to them. It might take a while – but it will be worth the wait.
Those are just a few little tidbits I have gathered over the years. And to help you put some of them into practice I have some awesome suggestions for you to share with your kids!
The Ember series is great for girls and boys! There are two protagonists – Dune and Lina – who are both inquisitive, adventurous and caring to the point of sacrifice. So I think you will love the values presented and young readers will be captivated with the adventure and the incredibly unique world that Jeanne DuPrau creates in this series.
This first book in the series, City of Ember, introduces the world of Ember where children quit school at the age of 12 and begin an apprenticeship for the job they will do that will allow them to keep their city running. Readers will love the mystery of the city and its origins.
The following books, The People of Sparks and The Diamond of Darkhold continue and complete the story of the people of Ember while Dune and Lina continue to be heroes throughout. The Prophet of Yonwood, while it is a prequel, should be read in the order it appears in the series. It will ruin the surprises and mystery of the first books if it is read in chronological order!
This would be a great series for you and your kiddos this summer! Wait, you’ve already read The Books of Ember?!?!?! Here are some other suggestions! Follow the links for some great deals on books and ebooks!
***One thing I have grown to love about Amazon is that it offers suggestions of books similar to the one I’m already looking at. Which means you could browse books for hours!!!***
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