Though the “official” season of summer hasn’t arrived, it’s definitely “summertime” around here. School is out, strawberries are in season, and the boys and I are adjusting to a less structured schedule. One of the things we all enjoy doing during the summer is reading and since I’m pretty faithful about enforcing a quiet time every afternoon that we’re home, my kids rarely have a day without reading. Here’s some of what they’ve been reading lately.
C.(13) does not always read too much during the school year, between school reading and general busyness. But toward the end of this past year, he discovered the Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. He pretty much devoured them in record time. He had already read her Missing series (and loved it), so we weren’t entirely surprised that he found more of her books enjoyable. Some of her offerings definitely look to be more geared to girls, but these two series have plenty of action and involve boys as main characters, so they fit the bill.
[easyazon-image-link asin="B007978NPG" alt="The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41LR7h58H9L._SL160_.jpg" align="left" width="107" height="160"]Since school let out, C. has been immersed in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien. He’s already polished off The Hobbit (which he had started last summer, but it didn’t seem to grab his attention like it did this year), and is now halfway through Fellowship of the Ring. The Two Towers and Return of the King are waiting in the wings. It’s been years and years since I read this series, and as he mentions what’s happening, I am tempted to pick them up again myself.
[easyazon-image-link asin="0545980259" alt="The Kingdom of Fantasy (Geronimo Stilton)" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Q1yNNFzkL._SL160_.jpg" align="left" width="108" height="160"]L.(6) has decided that he wants to dedicate himself to “big boy books” — aka, chapter books. So far, he’s read a couple books in the Bad Kitty series (his favorite so far is Bad Kitty Gets a Bath), but he’s really loving the Geronimo Stilton books. Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy is by far his favorite, and it seems he’s always carrying it around with him.
What are your kids reading these days? I’m always looking for ideas and inspiration! And don’t forget to check out 5 Minutes for Books. This post is part of their monthly Kids’ Picks feature, where you can see what other bloggers’ kids are reading, too.