Archive for December, 2017

Product DetailsMy daughter and I are just about to finish reading Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.   I read it when I was in 7th or 8th grade.  I knew it was a classic because we had to read it.  As I got older and tended to read more books of my choosing, I did go back and read other John Steinbeck books and loved them.  The way he writes is beautiful.   There are so many books to read (just take a look at everyone’s TBR lists), how do we define a classic?  I remember everything about Of Mice and Men (and it was a VERY long time ago that I read it).  Was it because of my teachers?  Was it because of the the books they chose to teach?  Was it because of the writing? And, are what books are considered classics today?  (I would certainly put The Book Thief on my new classics list)

While most children are not still read to at the ages of 12 and 15, I know that my kids don’t mind it.  I also know that we read books that they never would have picked on their own.  I usually give them a choice of about 5-7 books.  If we don’t like it after a few chapters, we agree to stop.  My daughter and I have read Jane Eyre and Great Expectations.  My son and I are currently reading The Land of Oz, and next on our list is Tom Sawyer and/or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  I know for a fact that he would NEVER read these books on his own.  What classics are you reading to your children.  I would love to make a new TBR list of classics to read.

Yet, another reason to read to your kids as long as possible.  It’s not just about picture books.

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My son and I just finished reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.  Did you know that there are 13 books in the series of Oz?  My daughter and I had read this a few years ago and really enjoyed it.  My son enjoyed it, too.  So much, that we are now reading Book #2 in the Oz series, The Land of Oz.

The characters in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz are the same as are in the movie, but of course, we get to know them so much better in the book.  It is a delight to see the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and of course, Dorothy and Toto come to life in your imagination.  Everyone in this world takes an adventure like Dorothy does with her friends in order to find that one thing that they think is missing from their life.  Everyone can relate to this story.  It’s a fun read aloud for children of all ages.

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So, Harry Potter has been around for a long time (20 years to be exact – why didn’t LEGO resissue the Harry Potter LEGOs to time with the 20th Anniversary?).  I remember a teacher friend reading it way back when I was single.  I read the entire series when the kids were very little.  My daughter was capable of reading it by 3rd grade but admitted that she was afraid.  Many of her friends were reading it, and she was feeling left out.  We decided to read it together.  I read Books 1-5 aloud to her.  By the time we got through #5, she told me she was done and wanted to do #6 and #7 on her own, which she did in about 2 weeks!  And, she has re-read the entire series at least twice.  I read the 1st book aloud with my son.  He was ready to move on to read them on his own immediately after that.  He loved them.  And, now that they have read the books, they watch the movies as well!

If you’re thinking your child is not ready for some books, read  them on your own.  If you think the subject matter is okay, suggest to your child that you read them aloud.  Any questions they have, or comprehension issues can be dealt with as you are reading.  I think it would be a win-win for everyone.

Happy Reading!

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