The Munchkins

Life with identical twins

Reward for Reading

on August 17, 2016


At the end of the school year, Delaney’s 2nd grade teacher sent home a note with a candle. The note said that the kids should pick a goal for the summer, and when they complete the goal they can light and blow out the candle. Delaney decided her goal would be finishing Harry Potter Book 6 by the end of the summer. I have been so proud of her for reading her way through this series, that I said we should really celebrate this accomplishment by going out to a nice dinner. At the time, Caden was reading Book 2, so we decided that Caden’s goal would be to finish that book. (She’s not super into the series, so I was happy she wanted to even finish Book 2.) Our summer got busy, and the next thing I know, Delaney is finished with Book 8! Which definitely was cause for a celebration. We dressed up and headed out to Benihana.

The girls are both voracious readers, but definitely read different types of books. Caden likes graphic novels because they are shorter, full of action, and have pictures. Delaney will read most anything, but loved having a series of books to read. After Harry Potter, we went on the hunt for a new series for her. We started with these two lists from an author whose tastes are similar to mine. Delaney liked the lists because she could read a little about the book, tell if it was part of a series, and then mark the ones she wanted to check out from the library. We put holds on maybe 10 books? Which are slowly coming in. Last night we picked up “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and I’m just so excited for her to read that.

For Caden, we hit up this list of strong females in graphic novels. Caden found around ten books to request as well. In the past we’ve gone to the library and checked out whatever looked good. I like that they’re being intentional about what they want to read and requesting it, but we shall see how long this lasts. I can see Delaney continue to request books as part of series she likes, but I think Caden will probably go back to hunting through the library stacks.

7 responses to “Reward for Reading

  1. Kyla says:

    Have the found Trixie Belden yet? Or the world of Judy Blume?

    • Erin says:

      No. I have to be careful because anything I recommend, they automatically don’t want to read. 😦 But, I was talking with Caden and told her she might enjoy mysteries since she likes action, so maybe if I just request some for her she’ll think that she requested them? Which Judy Blume should I star them with?

      • KJ says:

        The Superfudge series is geared toward younger readers. I don’t think I did the OMG PUBERTY!! books (Then Again, Maybe I Won’t & Are You There God…) until 3rd or 4th grade. The list here is ordered by youngest to oldest target audience. I haven’t read any of the Pain and the Great Ones, though…

      • KJ says:

        The Boxcar Children series might pique her mystery interest, too. They’re a little old-fashioned, but that might prompt interesting discussions about different types of families (they’re orphans who live with their grandfather).

  2. Grammy says:

    Kudos, you two! I LOVE that you love to read.

  3. Denise says:

    Yea for the readers — way to go, girls!! (Cute picture, too!)

  4. […] completed the Harry Potter series, she was a little adrift bookwise. We did some research and requested a bunch of books from the library, but she wasn’t into any of them. I’m pretty sure she didn’t even crack most of […]

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