Saturday, September 1, 2012

What My Child Is Reading


I haven't written about what my daughter, M, has been reading in a while, so I thought I'd share some of the books she's been reading lately. We have gotten back into a routine of visiting the library just about weekly, so we've been getting new books to read.

One of the series she has been enjoying is The Pet Club series by Gwendolyn Hooks. This is a very cute set of books that are around mid-1st grade reading level. They are what I consider just-right books for M. She needs help with one or two words in each book, but otherwise is able to read the stories on her own. All of the books in this series feature the same characters, a set of kids with pets who have to solve a mystery. This week, we have The Cat Food Mystery. Someone is stealing Kayla's cat's food and the Pet Club needs to find out who is doing it. M really enjoys this series. The illustrations take up most of each page, and are vibrant and fun. The only issue I have is that there are several names in these books. Luckily, the same names are used throughout the series, so now that M knows Kayla is not Koala, and Lucy is not Lucky, she does a lot better with reading these!

M has also been reading a lot of Syd Hoff books this summer. I find they are challenging for her but not too bad. Mostly it's the length that challenges her, not the words themselves. This week we have Barney's Horse, a book I hadn't read previously. It's about a peddler and his horse. When the city starts to grow and the trains start to run over the city streets, Barney's horse has to get used to the changes. With these books, we usually read alternating pages with M, so that's what my husband did with her. I have not read this book with her yet, so I can't tell you her reaction. But I like the story because it could prompt a discussion about changes and how it takes time to get used to them.

I'm sure we'll be reading more Pet Club books and Syd Hoff books as this year move along. M will have to read 10 minutes every night now that she's starting kindergarten. Of course, we already read more than that every night anyway!

What have you been reading with your children this week? Hop on over to Mouse Grows Mouse Learns to share!

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