Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Summer Reading Tips For Kids?

We're getting set to 'inspire' our kids summer reading. Two plans so far:
  1. Join the summer reading club at our local library; and
  2. Going digital and loading up our Kindle with my son's favourite authors.
The first strategy is mostly about discovery, and finding the right authors and series. And the Kindle idea is to help make the reading process more interesting; mix up the intake methods.

Getting my eldest son (9) to read hasn't always been an easy process. But we've had some breakthrough moments of late, and want to keep good material in front of him.

So I ask ... If you have a 'homerun' author or series that's worked wonders for you own kids, please consider dropping me a blog comment, email or tweet.



Blogger David Whelan said...

Boy, "home run" is a bit steep?! :-)

Our 8 yr old son is working his way slowly through the Lord of the Rings. He likes getting the parallels with the Harry Potter books. He's also recently burned through Emily Rodda's Deltora Quest and Dragon series and is also reading Chris Paolini's Eragon. Our 10 yr old daughter is also reading LOTR and is halfway through the Land of Elyon books by Patrick Carman, which are a good mixture of adventure and mystery.

We've been reading Susan Cooper's the Dark is Rising series out loud; the first book is slow going but, once they'd heard it, our daughter read books 2-5 on her own. Lots of fantasy, myth, adventure.

Also oldies but goodies, Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazon books are still re-read and they're good for more realistic adventure, especially the first couple (skip Peter Duck).

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Blogger Steve Matthews said...

Thanks David. Great ideas... I think more fantasy would be a good fit, though LOTR might be a little too sophisticated for his reading level.

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Blogger David Whelan said...

My wife reminded me of the Artemis Fowl books, which are now in both prose and graphic novel forms (and both are fun). AF was recently voted the "Puffin of all Puffins" for Puffin Books! They've also got this great handbook for their most popular titles that shows some maps (if interested in X, maybe leads to Y):

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