Put your money where your mouth is….
Step 1: Read the rest of this post to discover some awesome, never fail Chapter Books. I will do a couple of my “world famous” advertising blurbs for the books that you can share with your kids.Step 2: Take a trip to the library, the bookstore or AmazonBook Store and get a book or two!Step 3: Set aside some time everyday to read together. WARNING….you will probably start by thinking 20 minutes will do it….but I bet before long….it will turn into an hour!Step 4: Talk about the book you are reading at odd times during the day….ask your child to predict what might happen next! Tell your child what personal connections the book might have for you! It makes a nice change in conversation from “Go brush your teeth….Go Clean Your Room…..Stop hitting your sister!!!
The books I have chosen for this post are best suited for kids age 8-11. Remember, just because these kids have gotten pretty good at reading to themselves…books that might be really interesting and thought provoking are still hard work for them to read independently! When you read to them….the complexity of the ideas is soooo much more accessible to them.
If you love cars, especially race cars, then this story is sure to please!
Set in middle America in 1914, this book has something for everyone! A tornado ripping up a graveyard….strong female characters….history and a great story! Can you believe that there was an Indianapolis 500 way back then? Imagine a time when cars were curiosities! Read along and think about how things have changed since the “olden days”! You can even do a little research about the famous Stutz Bearcat automobile that is still a prized collectable car today!
Parenting Tip: There are lots of historical references in this book. Take some time to look up unfamiliar terms with your kids. They probably don’t know about root cellars or how old cars worked. This is a great way to bring history to life.
Parenting Tip: This book might be a great way to talk about bullying and finding ways to be strong and clever in the face of a tormentor. Ask the question- “What would you do?”
Parenting Tip: This book is filled with opportunities to discuss family relationships. The idea of whether the reality we Ender is experiencing is in fact “real” could make for some pretty interesting conversation!
Lots of families have traveled to San Francisco to tour the famed Alcatraz Prison! Can you imagine living there…..not as a prisoner but with your family because your dad is a prison guard! It is 1935 and times are tough….the special school for “Moose’s” autistic sister is expensive and the job on “the rock” is the best way for the family to make it possible for her to attend. Real live gangsters like Al Capone are near by which might sound interesting, but Moose is NOT happy….no friends….a sister with BIG problems….a busy mom and dad! Then he finds a most interesting friend-the warden’s daughter- and they have lots of great adventures! Moose learns to adjust….and it is a fun read along the way!
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