What are your kids reading?

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What are your kids reading?
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Wed, 09-28-2011 - 4:14pm

There's a great article here about our responsibility to our kids to help them learn to love reading~

http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/28/opinion/patterson-kids-reading/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

I wanted to pass it on because there are a ton of great links to book recomendation sites - some for kids, some for every age, some just for boys. You're sure to find something!

What kind of books are your kids into these days?
Where do you get recomendations?
Where do you get your books? (library, book store, thrift store?)

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Wed, 09-28-2011 - 7:45pm
I like that what she has to say about reading goes in the face of Accelerated Reader Program. Free choice, and re-read are allowed. And yes, I have found my oldest boy likes non-fiction generally better than fiction.

Right now, boy 9, is reading "The Enormous Egg". Girl 11, is reading "The Girl of the Limberlost." Both of these are their lit for "school."

On their own, my son is reading assorted science text books I got out of the trash bin at the school last spring (samples sent to the school I think,) Calvin Hobbes, and Bloom County. Oh, and graphic novel of "Redwall", which he turned up his nose at in novel form.

My daughter is into all books "Star Wars" in the novel form. We found about 20 of them this summer at a thrift store. I think she has read all of those (about 200 pages each) and is casing the library for other ones.

Recommendations for reading for our Literature, I do looks for award winning and classics. I do use Accelerated Reader web site to find reading Lexile levels to be sure they are not too hard or easy. For free reading, they can read anything that they want from the library, kid or adult. Sometimes I will recommend something that I have really liked in the past, or something that Dad has really liked (for the boys.)

For beginning readers that are struggling, I recommend Calvin and Hobbes and Garfield. They tend to get the kids hooked and they can't stop reading. Once they have those down so that they are easy to read, they do better with the more traditional. There are also a lot of excellent graphic novels too, including Shakespeare. (They actually stick very close to the story line, and are no worse than the "storified readers for kids.)
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Wed, 09-28-2011 - 11:27pm
My kids just discovered the Star Wars movies over the summer and have been obsessed ever since. We bought 4 of the newer, related books, plus a Star Wars encyclopedia, at our neighborhood rummage sale. Then I just found several more SW books at the local thrift store. The latter are way above their heads now, but in a few years they'll love them (I hope!). Our family is somewhat obsessed with books.

Funny that you mentioned Calvin & Hobbes. That's what DH used to hook some of his reluctant readers in his class two years ago. He found some additional C&H, plus other graphic novels at a yard sale and when he went to buy them, the guy gave him the books for free since it was for his students. So nice of him and he will never know how much it motivated these boys.
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Thu, 09-29-2011 - 1:05am

DS 11 is reading Macbeth for a Shakespeare co-op class.

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Thu, 09-29-2011 - 11:16am
J's reading a book about debunking esp, & the like. He got it from the school library.

At home he is reading a Rick Riordon book.

I purchased Shelter by Coben as soon as it was in the store. I hope he likes it. :)
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Thu, 09-29-2011 - 2:47pm
Anne of Green Gables is one of my all-time favorites! I have to admit I haven't read all of the books in the series, but I love to sit and watch the movies one after another when they come on PBS from time to time.

DH just got a grant funded through DonorsChoose.org to buy copies of Enders Game for all of the kids in his class. It's on his nightstand right now too!
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Thu, 09-29-2011 - 2:50pm
That sounds like me Cheryl! I keep buying up books and thinking "I hope they like these!"
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Thu, 09-29-2011 - 3:09pm

What kind of books are your kids into these days?

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Thu, 09-29-2011 - 5:50pm

Theresa,

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Mon, 10-03-2011 - 5:12pm
DS 9 has just finished reading three of the Golden Sowers. The one he JUST finished was "Closed for the Season" He also has Hunger Games on his night stand but I don't think he is actually reading it. DD, 11, read it last year. I read it too because I was concerned about it and we discussed it in depth. Frankly, I find it creepy, but DD got a Nook for her b-day this weekend and the first book she downloaded was the Hunger Games, even though she owns the paper copy. So she is re-reading it.