My oldest is definitely his mother’s son. Diego loves to read and I hope he continues to read throughout his life for simple enjoyment. As a former Language Arts and Reading teacher, I can say that reading will help any child with any subject matter throughout their educational careers and of course through life. Creativity stems from reading, vocabulary grows and a young child starts to engage in conversation regarding a series of topics-because of reading.
As Diego starts to make his transition from picture books and easy readers to series and chapter books, here are a few that we have found interesting, engaging and fun. Diego discovered some on his own, I have suggested some of my childhood favorites and other people have made some great recommendations as well. Some of these books are recommended for ages 8 and up but it doesn’t stop us from checking them out or buying these from the list below. I will continue to read to Diego and help him with more difficult books as long as I can. 🙂
Hi! Fly Guy-A hilarious and hip series by Tedd Arnold are Diego’s favorite right now. The little fly loves gross things and then spends a lot of time flying away from “swatters”.
Baseball in April and Other Stories– I can’t wait for Diego to dig into Gary Soto’s short stories. I introduced this book to some of my students a few years ago. Gary Soto is a Mexican-American author and many Latino children would be able to identify with the characters in the book. Spanish words sprinkle the dialouges!
The Little Prince-Diego came home asking for this book because another child brought a copy to school for show and tell. It is by Antoine de Saint-Exuperi and a French classic. Translated to many languages, it has become a must read for all parents and their children. Diego and I are currently reading this story of life, love and death.
Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon-Diego just received this collection from the Easter bunny! We started it and the classic fantasy by Ruth Stiles Gannett reminds me a lot of some current best-selling children’s books. The kids love them!
Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon-Another series that will definitely become a classic. Mary Pope Osborne has been teaching children through her books that you can travel very far and have many adventures with books.
The Flat Stanley Collection Box Set-A staple in almost every reading curriculum across our nation. Flat Stanley books by Jeff Brown are a must have for every child’s library, taking them all over the world without leaving their home.
The Ramona Collection, Vol. 1: Beezus and Ramona / Ramona the Pest / Ramona the Brave / Ramona and Her Father [4 Book Box set]-I’m so glad Diego’s teachers introduced Ramona to his class. One of my favorite childhood characters, Ramona and her stories are just like any other 6 year-old. Ramona just gets it.
What are some of the series and chapter books that you love? Let’s add them to the list please!
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