What chapter books r u reading 2 the boy

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What chapter books r u reading 2 the boy
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Tue, 04-01-2003 - 7:40pm
Ok, the discussion title doesn't have enough room,lol...but anyway...what chapter books are you reading to your boys?..It seems like there are a lot of girl type books...ex.Junie B, etec...we were reading Aurthur chapter books but ds has seen most of the episodes so to ask him content questions is kind of silly because he knows everything from the shows....any ideas?

Lisa

And I think that Magic Tree House is a little too old, not sure , what do y'all think?

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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 12:22am
I agree that many chapter books seem to be girl-related. We are reading one right now, in fact--Ramona the Pest--but DS doesn't seem to care that the central figure is a girl. DS hasn't done very many chapter books, but we read Charlotte's Web. Others that have been recommended by friends are Farmer Boy (Laura Ingalls Wilder), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl), and the other E. B. White books (Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan). We have read a couple of the Magic Treehouse books, but DS didn't really follow the plots.

A couple of years ago I asked a children's librarian about the seeming boy-girl imbalance in books for kids this age, and she said very diplomatically that maybe the world would be a better place if more boys learned to be empathetic to girls.

Nevertheless, I'll be interested to read more recommendations!

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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 8:29am
Books -- my favorite subject pulls me out of lurkdom, LOL.

We read all (and I mean ALL -- boy am I sick of them!) of the Magic Tree House books when DS was 3 - 3 1/2 (he has an older sister so he sort of gets dragged along for the ride) and he LOVED them. They were the first chapter books he really got into. There are a couple 'cliffhanger' moments but I don't think they are any more scary than a Scooby Doo cartoon.

We read Mr. Poppers Penguins (old book but adorable) and Misty of Chincoteague last fall -- both feature a brother/sister team as the main characters. We've done some Beverly Clearly here too -- granted the Ramona books feature a girl but others like the Henry Huggins books have boys. DS also really got into the Little House series last summer, even insisting on dress up as a "settler" in his sister's button-up winter coat (since "settlers' didn't have zippers, LOL) when it was 80 degrees out.

--Sharon (lurker Mom to Joey, 6/2/98, and Anne Marie 6/13/96 in Colorado)

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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 8:42am
Dylan likes science and history, so we read the Magic School Bus chapter books (and their "picture books"), Magic Tree House. He also liked Charlottes' Web, Dr Doolittle, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory,Mr Poppers Penquins, Cam Jansen and he does like Junie B Jones, but only if I suggest her. He's really into science and mysterys now. Mike wants to start reading him Treasure Island, and Dylan wants Harry Potter. LOL. We're using Harry Potter as an incentive. When he can read it by himself, he can read it. He's reading at above K level, so it might be sooner than I thought.:)

Sarah

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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 9:27am
We just started with "Horrible Harry" chapter books. They're thinner than the Magic Tree House books. Magic Tree House series is read to ds's class, which is made up of 3-6 yrs olds. I watched the assistant teacher read a chapter to the class last week, the kids really take to it...then again, it helps to read it with lots of animation to capture their interest. ;-)

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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 10:04am
OK, let me ask a stupid question - what exactly is meant by "chapter books?" Any book with chapters? Books in a series? I dunno! If that is what is meant, I guess I've mentioned before, my DS is addicted to the Harry Potter books, definitely appeal to boys and girls alike. Another book that he really enjoyed was "My Father's Dragon," I think the author is Ruth Stiles Gannett or Ruth Gannett Stiles, not sure - clever, funny, interesting subject matter, some pictures, and easy to read a chapter at a time.

Donna

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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 10:05am
Here are a couple recommendations from the Working Mom's board, I'm checking them out for my dd as ones we can read together. And I remember reading the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books, gotta go to the library & see if there's one available.

There is a series of books called the Time Warp Trio. They are written by Jon Scieszka (of "Stinky Cheese Man" fame) and are kind of similar in concept to the MTH books, though (predictably) a bit more ... irreverent. The first book in the series is called "Knights of the Kitchen Table" and there are at least 9 books in the series so far. So, that might be a good choice.

The "Unfortunate Series of Events" series (written by Lemony Snicket)

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (E.L. Konigsburg)

HTH, Ang

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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 11:03am
I'll agree with all the others I've read there--but PLEASE read Lemony Snicket yourself BEFORE you read it to your kid!

Waaaaaaayyyy too dark for me to read to mine, I don't think he'd "get" the humor yet. DH liked it OK, I didnt.

Megan

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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 11:05am
I think we started on Magic Tree House and Magic School Bus when DS was 4. Then he started re-reading them himself when he was 5. Other ones that he has really liked are: Arthur, Star Wars, Junie B Jones (tho I find the grammar really irritating), a mystery series that i can't remember the name of, and Harry Potter (which I think he was 6-1/2 or so b4 we started on those). The biggest thing amongst his friends has been Captain Underpants...but we haven't read them. DS says he thinks they are stupid. DD is still into smaller books. She has just recently gotten to where she will sit still long enough for a story or two.

     Lisa
and her two "whirlwinds"
     DS-13 & DD-9

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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 11:53am
Magic Treehouse is great!! My son started them in Kindergarten and he now LOVES to read. He is now in 1st grade and also loves to read Roald Dahl books but, that might be too advanced for your little one. The Magic Treehouse series has definitly spiked up his imagination.
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Wed, 04-02-2003 - 2:28pm
As usual, I'll "ditto" Megan on looking at the Lemony Snicket ones before reading them to your kids. I know my DS wouldn't get the dark humor - he'd just be saddened so we're holding off on those.

Donna

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