My kids have always loved to read, always loved books, but they weren’t huge readers. We hit up the library often and they love picking out books and coming home with a huge stack of them. But that stack would sit on the shelf until it was time to take them back to the library. I would hear other moms of kids just a little bit older than mine talk about how their kids read book after book after book. My kids were good readers, they read above their grade level, but they weren’t reading much on their own. What was up?
They needed a little more time, that’s what was up. Slowly but surely chapter books have continued to find their way into their book in a bags at night and slowly but surely the girls are actually enjoying them!
For Christmas I gave them a Kindle and we quickly loaded it up with Diary of a Wimpy kid books. Around that time Caden also found the Bad Kitty and Captain Underpants books. These books are genius because they’re chapter books, but with pictures so the kids get engaged the in the longer story, and the pictures bridge the gap and make the book easier to read. Both girls love them and will read and read and read now which I love. It is so awesome to peek into their room and see Caden reading in her bed or hear Delaney asking for the Kindle so she can read. And those books we bring home from the library? They are read and passed back and forth between them, and sometimes read again.
We have the Magic Treehouse books, but they aren’t really drawn to those yet. My mom got them the Ramona set, which they’ve started reading. They’ve also read some of the Ivy + Bean books. What else should I be on the lookout for? Bonus points if it’s on the Kindle Unlimited list.