Age-appropriate reading materials
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|Thu, 01-24-2013 - 12:00am|
I am in a dilemma here. Every night at bedtime, I read Josh 2 pages out of his facts book, then we read what I call 'enjoyment' reading. Right now we are reading "School of Fear" which he is loving, it uses very descriptive and advanced vocabulary but he seems to know most of the words and will laugh and the next day when we start the next 2 chapters, he will recall where we left off and what was happening. The book before this one was "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" which he loved and we read it very fast. I dug out the DVD which he had never seen and we watched it after we had finished the book. He said he liked the movie better because it brought the book to life. At one point in the movie, he exclamed, "That was exactly the same line in the book!" He grabbed the book and searched through it until he found that line to show me, "See, Mommy? I told you so!"
So yesterday he was asking me what books had been made into movies because now he wants to read the books first, then watch the movies. He is wanting to read Harry Potter, he has seen the later movies but he was undiagnosed with his ADHD and not on meds and has never watched the first few. I have had another teacher tell me he is too young for Harry Potter, even the first book. He is really liking "School of Fear" which is for 4th graders and up, I don't see why not on Harry Potter. Another book he is interested in is "The Hunger Games" he knows I have it on my Kindle, we watched the movie trailer for it the other night and now he is determined that we will read it too.
He likes funny books, fantasy books, and I think he would like books where he can solve things, like Nancy Drew or Encyclopedia Brown. We have read the entire Fudge series, by Judy Blume and we even read "Superfudge" twice. I read him "Ramona the Pest" and he identified with Ramona but just wasn't as interested in that. I also read him the first 2 Boxcar Children books, but he told me the kids were boring in those books, not enough action or comedy, or drama.
What say you all on the Harry Potters and Hunger Games?