Top Ten Tuesday hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish is taking a well deserved break this week leaving us all to our own devices. Since I talk about the books I like and am reading quite a bit I thought I'd use this free spot to talk about what the Tornado is reading. For those that don't know he's 7 years old and in 1st grade. He's not struggling with reading but it isn't coming as easy to him as math so his frustration fuse has been pretty short. Lately though it's really felt like things are starting to click and he's been enjoying reading much more lately. I'm hoping it's the start of a new trend!
These are the books we read before bed - one chapter at a time (though sometimes a few more if they're really short or we're near the end and just want to find out what happens next!) This past Christmas I basically picked up one of every series that I thought looked vaguely interesting and we've been working our way through that pile. I have learned that he seems much more drawn to mysteries than other genres which has been fun to figure out! Some of our current favorites:
1. A to Z Mysteries: The Absent Author by Ron Roy - This is our most recent read and we both really enjoyed it. The mystery was really cute and it really invited the reader to guess what's going to happen next and put the clues together themselves which gave us an extra level of an enjoyment.
2. Micekings: Pull the Dragon's Tooth by Geronimo Stilton - Geronimo Stilton is the main character who also happens to be a mouse in a world full of cheese related puns. In this one Micekings = Vikings (took me way to long to put that together) and they're off to catch a dragon which was really fun!
3. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobel - I loved Encyclopedia Brown when I was a kid so I was thrilled when I found this at the bookstore. The fact that they're really a collection of short stories makes it for great bedtime reading and they're really fun to figure out on your own.
These are books he's reading to himself either for school or just for fun. I'm thrilled that he's rediscovered Mo Willems who was always one of my favorites to read aloud!
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems - I love the Pigeon books and this one that features hot dogs AND a duckling is just hilarious. He's really been enjoying them too.
My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems - I'm not as fond of Gerald and Piggie as I am of the Pigeon but Willems can do no wrong when it comes to kids' books.
Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia - He has a few of these and one for Lego Ninjago and sometihng else I can't remember and now that he's able to read he can sit for hours pouring over all the details of these books. I'm always on the lookout for ones he doesn't have as they make great books for car rides!
The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner - We'd been getting the audio books from my library's digital site and then listening to them on my phone anytime we traveled but there were only a few and we'd listened to them so many times we basically had them memorized. Right before his birthday I found some on Amazon that were three books in a set and we've been steadily buying them set by set ever since. He loves them and listens to them constantly! I think they've really helped perk up his interest in reading and have helped him follow a chapter length book.
Bunnicula by James and Deborah Howe - I won this book from Stormi over at Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My and really wanted to read it to him but he was having none of it because he was convinced it would be scary. Finally I talked him into listening to 1 chapter and he was instantly hooked. We finished the whole book on a road trip and he wanted to immediately start over again! Luckily there's a few more in the series!
So that's what we're reading and listening to around here? What are you reading and listening too? Are there any books that I must pick up for him? I'm always looking for recommendations!