My kids are out of school in just a few days. I can already anticipate the “I’m bored’s” that I’m going to have to field day in and day out. Having good books around is more than ever if I am going to encourage them to read instead of just veg in front of the television, computer, or other small screen.
Can you help me out?
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I enjoy participating in these book carnivals. Thanks! My boys picked The Legend of Lonestar Bear, a fly fishing humble bear who saves the town from invading aliens and more adventures. 🙂
martha c says
I just read Jake Ransom and the Skull King’s Shadow by James Rollins. It was a great book lots of suspense, learned about the Mayans and the first in a series. (Amanda would love it!) My youngest is reading Candyshop Wars by Brandon Mull and he wants me to read it so we can talk about it. He also loves anything by Peg Kehret. My middle child is finishing the 3 books of the 39 Clues books. It’s been great because everyone has been reading a ton. Unusual for my house.
I have linked up 2 posts that my children wrote but I somehow added one (number 11/ 3 Sisters) that is not meant to be there! I am so sorry! I have had problems leaving a comment too. I think I might be right now.
Thanks so much for this excellent idea.
Dawn Riccardi Morris says
Oh my gosh! I wouldn’t know where to start. My children are 12 and 15, so different books are coming to mind.
Has your ten year old read any Roald Dahl books yet? What about The Beacon Street Girls series (great for grades 4 through 6)? Or, for something totally different, Peter and the Starcatchers (3 books in series), by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson? What about Kathryn Lasky’s Guardians of Ga’hoole series, or the Animal Ark series by Ben Baglio?
I write mostly about picture books, but I also have a special category on my blog called “From my Kids to Yours: Chapter Books.” Thanks for reminding me that I need to write a summer related post!
Jennifer (5 Minutes for Books) says
Thanks for all the linkups and comments. Summer is such a great time for reading!
Dawn–My daughter is actually 11, almost 12. She just finished 6th grade and is a big reader, so most of those are probably a bit young for her, but these are great recommendations.
She read the first Peter and the Starcatchers book. I don’t think that the second one held her interest.
Thanks for coming by. I’ll have to check out your blog.
When my oldest daughter was young she only said, “I’m bored” once or twice. The first time she said it I think I sent her to read, the second time she said it she had to clean her room and the third time she said it I removed everything from her room. I took the toys (Barbies, etc.), the books, the television, the videos, the puzzles, workbooks, games, etc. After the third time she never said it again. So far, I don’t think my younger children have said that. They better not ’cause I have a ton for them to do.
Oh, back to the subject, my children love to read. As do I… I’ll have to raid their shelves to see what they’re into now. Their sister took them to the library the other day and they came back with some really interesting books. I was impressed by their choices. I’ll have to see if I can quickly write a post and link up.