Today I will start with books my boy is loving now and a few that got him reading. I will not tell you what ages I think they are for. Check them out at the book store or on Amazon. Every child is different and not reading at the same pace. I for one am tired of kids being told where they "should" be academically. So there! I have tried to put them in some order. I have so many ideas I did not link them all to Amazon as I had hoped. But you know the laundry still needs to be done... so... I made the pictures bigger! That way you can search them yourself. Ha! I'm clever like that.
As Conner has gotten older I have worried a bit about the material he is reading, I know they up the sex, language and violence. I came across this website that I have found super helpful when saying yes or no to a series.
This site rates a book on sexual content, language, violence and even, alcohol reference. Plus it tells you exactly why and where in the book it got the rating it did. This way you can use your own judgment and are sure you are sticking with your families values. Love this lady! She's part of the village it takes to raise great kids I tell you!
We started here.......
These are what really helped Conner learn to read, these and an AMAZING teacher. I highly recommend them for beginning reads.
Magic Tree House
Once Conner became a confident reader books were his favorite, He read every one. I have kept them for Conner's kids. And because they remind me off that little 1st grade boy, with teeth missing. They are a perfect read for little boys with big imaginations.
My Father's Dragon was another favorite.
Swindle, Zoobreak, Mr. Chickee's Funny Money, And the ever popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series.
These are all ones he has read in the past. Hatchet and the Peter and the Starcatchers stand out as favorites.
I can honestly say I have not read a single Harry Potter book, but Conner loved them! The Rangers Apprentice and The Percy Jackson Series were popular too. Number the Stars was a good one for my history buff. (not shown because it is at school for a report on Denmark)
Both of the other Hunger Games books are on loan. Mocking Jay is #3, I think. The content is disturbing but we loved them. The Last Lecture by the late Randy Pausch was a book I read and thought Conner might enjoy. He loved it and it is such a powerful message about life. You will see it again on my favorite books!
He got the first few of these for Christmas and was hooked. He did say they got kind of weird though.
Walther's train catalog since he was probably 2 years old. He still loves them.
Conner actually has a learning disability, because if this, something he finds difficult is to put what he knows or thinks down on paper. If he reads the book for a book report I will then read it too, so I can help him organize this thoughts and I know what questions to ask him. This is how we can achieve an actual report that is cohesive and makes sense. So, many of the books I have actually read myself. I plan on telling you all about my wonderful little man and his journey soon.
Any questions or new book suggestions for my boy I'd love to hear them!! Read on! ~Shelby