“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” — Emile Buchwald
In 2008, when my daughter was about to be born, my mother thought it would be a good idea to ask everyone to include a book with their gift at the baby shower. Everyone did, and my daughter’s first book haul came to be.
I still have many of those first precious books, and she has added countless more since then. My Cassidy is in the 5th grade now and reading chapter books above her grade level – although she will read whatever looks interesting, or fun, or features a dog!
Some of her favorite series (past and present) include:
⇒Fancy Nancy & Nancy Clancy by Jane O’Connor
⇒Judy Moody by Megan McDonald
⇒Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
⇒Dork Diaries by Rachel Rene Russell
⇒Nikki and Deja by Karen English
⇒Olivia by Ian Falconer
⇒Warriors by Erin Hunter
And I could really go on and on and on…
These days, Cassidy often has to read certain books as class assignments. So far, just this semester, she’s read The Indian in the Cupboard, Hatchet, and Blood on the River. But whenever she’s not too bogged down with required reading, we grab a book from her overcrowded shelf and take turns reading chapters to each other. Day or night, long book or short, it’s a treasured time that we spend together. If the book is especially good, I’ll include it here – either her review or my own.
I know there may come a day when she’s no longer interested in reading along with her “old mom”, so I absolutely do not take these days for granted.