Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Happy Children's Book Week! What Is Your Child Reading?

This is Children's Book Week and I am going to try to keep up with some posts on children's literature and reading.  Let's all talk about it, Mamas!

What are your children reading?  Any trends?

My nine-almost-ten-year old has been all about the Greek mythology this school year.  Last year was the year of Harry Potter, but nine has been the year of Rick Riordan's books.  She read both Percy Jackson series and all the books ancillary to them and deigned to dip her toe into Egyptian mythology with the Kane chronicles, which she liked, but with which she did not become so obsessed.  When she ran out of Riordan, she read Edith Hamilton's Mythology, all of the old out-of-print Myth-O-Mania books we could find and the Goddess Girls books she has been able to get her hands on so far.  She has also insisted on starting the Illiad, despite our warnings that it might be too hard for her at this point.

Anything that gets her reading like that makes me happy.  (Okay - not anything.  I told her no Twilight until she is at least in middle school, and there are plenty of others things I would not let her read at her age - but still.)

I am buying college safety and experience books for my eighteen-year-old high school senior but she is in the midst of IB testing and has no time to read them.

Please share about what are your children are reading in the comments section!



Andrea said...

Funny--I just saw on another blog a book called "Amazing Greek Myths: Wonders and Blunders" by Michael Townsend. It looks fun. I think I'll try to find it for my kiddos. My almost-nine-year-olds have been reading the "How to Be a Dragon" series (after I started out reading them out loud to them, they took off and read them on their own!)They still like to read Star Wars and Ninjago books, too, but I'm hoping they step it up a bit soon. All my kids could read for hours a day. The nearly 13-year-old is on a Michael Crichton roll these days, and we also just read The Outsiders together (me, sobbing, him, "It's tragic but it doesn't affect me personally" humph. I'm trying to get them to let me read to them "The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairy Land in a Boat of her own Creation" but the word "girl" in the title repels them!!

Lone Star Ma said...

They say boys will not read girl-centric books but girls will read boy-centric books a lot of the time. It has been true in my experience but does not mean I enjoy boy-centric books all the time - Hatchet - ugh.