Discussion Forums - Children's Books

Topic: School's in, Its getting cold!... What are you and your kiddos reading?

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: School's in, Its getting cold!... What are you and your kiddos reading?
Date Posted: 10/17/2009 9:03 PM ET
Member Since: 1/7/2008
Posts: 413
Back To Top

So what is everyone reading!  I don't know about you, but it is COLD (snow this weekend in pittsburgh!) and this is definately time for more indoor play and more reading!  What are you all reading??


We've started a Christian character development book and a Devoptional and we're also reading some books in the I-Spy series to help my 2 1/2 year old with colors and shapes in our homeschool work. 



Last Edited on: 10/17/09 9:04 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/19/2009 11:37 AM ET
Member Since: 10/27/2007
Posts: 2,284
Back To Top

My boys love the Magic Tree House books.  My DH built them a treehouse this summer so they pretend that our treehouse is just like the one in the book.    We also love the I Spy books. My oldest will read the words to my youngest and they both look for the object. 

We finished our first Junie B Jones book over the weekend.  I wasn't too impressed with it.  I thought the character was kinda whiney.  I have another one that I will give a try but gosh I hope they get better than this.

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 8:29 AM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2006
Posts: 1,930
Back To Top

I am reading On the Banks of Plum Creek (Wilder) to the kiddos right now. Another great Little House book.

Wendy - Junie B is so popular and my DD loved her books in first/second grade. Me, they annoyed me - the incorrect pronounciations drove me up the wall! When I read them to her I would correct the grammar as I read. DD seems to have lost interest in them now. I think kids like the humor in the books and can relate to Junie's frustrations.

Date Posted: 10/21/2009 10:26 PM ET
Member Since: 8/1/2006
Posts: 333
Back To Top

We are reading Missionary Stories with the Millers for the second time.  My younger two hadn't heard it yet and my older two are enjoying hearing it again!  We are also reading Robin Hood and the Wizard of Oz..    It has been beautiful in Ohio this week!  It was 74 and sunny today.  It looks like cooler weather after tomorrow though.

Date Posted: 10/22/2009 12:52 AM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2006
Posts: 14,634
Back To Top

How do ya'll read with your kids? (no kids here and I don't remember my parents reading to me - at least not when Iwas old enough for chapter books) my friend has a toddler and maybe I can read to him when he's older. I do read to him now but he's easily distracted. Do you take t urns reading aloud or do you the parent do the reading and the kids just listen? also how long do you read? just 15 min before bed or a chapter or two?

eta: junie b kinda grew on me(listened to the audios on a 4 hour drive a while back) but she's not my favorite. a friend's kids liked them a lot though..I just listened and kept thinking 'boy if I'd done that or said that I'd been knocked across the room!' she gets away with quite a bit. one of my faves is when she gets locked in the school trying to find a bathroom and they're all locked so she calls 911.

I haven't read any of the magic tree house books but my library has them on cd so I may check them out or see if they have the audio downloads available



Last Edited on: 10/22/09 12:54 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/28/2009 7:58 AM ET
Member Since: 1/7/2008
Posts: 413
Back To Top

My children are 4, 2, and 9 months.  At this age the FACT of reading is more important than getting the whole book finished or comprehension.  From the stuides I have read just TRYING to read helps foster a lifelong appreciation for reading -- which is what we're trying to foster here.  Even if they talk over me or run away 1/3 of the way into it....I just read!  I pick short stories with a lot of pictures and let them help turn the pages.  The older one will now request books, sit next to you quiety and listen to an entire book.... the 2 year old just HAS to be holding the book and is more interesting in being a "helper" to turn the pages than she is in the story... and my 9 month old likes bright pictures and also trying to eat the pages!!! Despite what seems at first like a futile attempt, I can see now that my 4 almost 5 year old has really grown to love books already and so I will keep on keeping on and try not to get frustrated =)  Its working!

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 9:08 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2006
Posts: 14,634
Back To Top

yeah my friend's baby/toddler is getting better at listening but he's more interested in turning the pages and I cant' read that fast! his attention span is getting better though and what's weird is that for a while her 6 yr old niece was living with them and she'd pick up his 'easy' books and read and he'd pay more attention to her than to me or my friend. and it helped her reading a lot as well.

Date Posted: 11/9/2009 9:23 PM ET
Member Since: 10/27/2007
Posts: 2,284
Back To Top

Susanna, we started reading to our kids when they were just infants.  Our bedtime routine always included a few books. 

My boys are now 7 and 5.  I usually let them each pick out a book and we read them before bedtime.  My oldest is reading so sometimes I read one page, he reads the next and we go back and forth like that.  My oldest will always be right next to me when I read.  My youngest will be in the room listening but he usually can't sit still too long.  But, if I start to make funny voices and things then he runs right over and will stay for the rest of the book.

My husband will then take my oldest and they read some of his chapter books.  Right now the Magic Tree House is a favorite and I know grandma is getting him some more for Christmas. 

I don't think it is ever too early to read to kids.  And they always see me with a book in my hand.  Kids love to hear your voice and they love to spend time with a special grown up.  If they are young then just keep it short.  You will still be making a difference.