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What My Children Are Reading


The kids have been very busy reading this week. We've made a couple recent trips to the library, which means they have some fun new books to read.

C has been continuing through The Secrets of Droon series by Tony Abbott. He has now read the first nine books in the series and is anxious to read the rest. Unfortunately, they're popular at the library so we keep having to request them and wait for them to come in. This is a great fantasy series for elementary age kids. It's about three kids who discover a hidden stairway to another world, where they go on adventures. There's a wizard, and a princess, and a bad guy named Lord Sparr. C is really enjoying them, which surprised me. I thought they might be too scary for him since he has generally avoided fantasy stories. But I think his reading the Magic Tree House Merlin Missions introduced him to the fantasy genre and he seems to like it now. Speaking of the Merlin Missions, C is almost done with #45: A Crazy Day with Cobras. There is only one more published Magic Tree House book left, and he will have read the entire series!

M has been reading her Brand New Readers this week. She really loves these books. One night she insisted on reading six of them in a row before bed. They really are cute little stories that are meant for early readers. They are quite funny too. For example, in Monkey Flies Away, the monkey flies a different type of kite on each page. Then at the end, the bird kite lifts him off the ground and the kite flies Monkey! These are simple, repetitive stories that I would expect to see in a kindergarten class. So if you have a very new reader, I definitely recommend them. They're pretty easy for M but she still loves to read them.

Since her weekly theme at school was Autumn, I picked up a couple early readers about Fall at the library for M. The first is The Best Fall of All by Laura Godwin, which she read at home and then took into school to read aloud to her class. This is a very cute story about a cat and a dog who go out on a windy, leafy Fall day. It's a late kindergarten reading level (ATOS 0.8) and was just right for M. She especially had fun reading the Meow, Meow and Woof, Woof of the animals. She always reads with such expression that it's really fun to listen to her read aloud.

The other fall book we got is It's Fall, Dear Dragon by Margaret Hillert. This is a similar reading level (ATOS 0.7) and again, just right for M. It's all about a little boy and his dragon, going to school, jumping in leaves, watching the geese fly away, seeing apples and pumpkins at the store ~ basically all the things you associate with Fall. He even watches his dad make a jack-o-lantern out of the pumpkin they buy, and he and his dragon watch the big harvest moon out the window. It's a cute book and I think we'll look for more in this series.


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  1. My boys both loved The Magic Tree House series, but I don't think they ever tried The Secrets of Droon. Too bad - they sound good!

    Sue

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  2. The Brand New Reader series sound fun. Thanks for linking up again :)

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  3. We really loved Dear Dragon books when Anna was learning to read. A couple of those stories is also on Starfall.com. I was looking at Secrets of Droon in the library the other day, but they didn't have the first book. I wonder if Anna will like them or not.

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