The first chapter book I read by myself was Little House in the Big Woods. After that, I was hooked. You could always find me hidden away somewhere with my face in a book and my mind in another time and place. Now that my boys can read chapter books all my fond memories with books are coming back to me. I still love reading but have to be very intentional if I want to soak in a new book. This summer I really want the boys to gain a love for reading. Of course I know this can't be forced but I am going to try to at least push them in the right direction.
In the meantime it has proven cheaper for us to buy our own books and I want to create our own library anyway. I have found a lot of great classics at garage sales and thrift stores but when I am looking for something specific amazon prime is a life saver; especially with 1-2 day free shipping.
The boys and I went online to find them a good book to read that they have an interest in. Judah is obsessed with animals but it was hard to find him a chapter reading book about animals.
But we found this amazing Encyclopedia of Animals that has tons of great pictures, drawings and facts. The kids have already been pouring over it and I know they will spend many more hours looking at the pictures and learning about animals...and reading!
I have been reading the Little House books to the boys and Judah has really taken to them so he is also going to be reading Farmer Boy this summer. I have found him a couple of times reading it on his own, without me even asking him!
I have convinced Israel that he will love The Narnia series . I still have my set that I will pass on to him. Most of the covers are falling apart and the pages are all earmarked from my constant reading. I must have read them 3 or 4 times.
I love how reading opens your mind to new ideas and takes you on adventures to new places and worlds without even leaving the safety of your home. Here are some great classic and not so classic books that we are planning to add to our library. I am excited to get these books in my boys hands and see their imagination grow. Of course I'm sure girls would love these books too but since only my boys can read right now I am making this list for them. I hope this list will help you stir up an excitement and love of reading and in your boys also!
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Swiss Family Robinson
Encyclopedia of Animals
The Jungle Book
The Little House books
The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Chronicles of Narnia
Laugh out Loud Jokes for Kids
5,000 Awesome Facts about Everything
The Boxcar Children
Ten Boys Who Changed the World
I survived: Shark Attacks of 1916
Dinosaurs: Amazing Pictures & Fun Facts on Animals in Nature (Our Amazing World Series Book 9)
The Lego Idea book
What books are your boys or girls reading this summer?
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