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What books do you read with your kids?

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Initial post: Jun 30, 2012, 1:53:43 PM PDT
I want to talk about reading here. For myself, I think I began late. I'd never been much of a reader as a child. I was a daydreamer and frankly a poor reader at secondary school. To improve my reading, a teacher of mine suggested to my mother that she get me to read with her in the evening. And something more exciting than the frankly dull school textbooks. So I would read with my mother at night. She found and introduced me to some fantastic books. The Treasure Hunters, The Famous Five, Peter Pan, Huckleberry Finn, to name but four. I suppose these days I'd have been reading Harry Potter.

And so my reading did improve. The trick was to make it fun, to make it effortless, and to get me to that stage where the words fade and the imagination opens up with visions and dreams.

So what experiences do you have with reading with your children? What is important? What thrilling adventures have you shared with them?

Posted on Jul 3, 2012, 3:18:05 AM PDT
My dad used to read to me at night -like you Huck Finn was magic -The Adventures of Tom Sawyer terrifying. I loved the Scandinavian writers like Tove Janssen and Astrid Lindgren. All of them inspired me to do a bit of writing of my own.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012, 6:07:36 AM PDT
I agree, Tom Sawyer had some frights. But didn't that just drive you on to want to find out what happened next?

And yes, I'm the same. I'm a writer too and my mother is now convinced that those nights reading with me had a great deal to do with this. Children's fiction planted a seed in my imagination that has grown into my own storytelling ways.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2012, 6:25:29 AM PDT
I'm actually doing a storytelling event on Sunday -my first - and 180 kids have signed up! I was picturing an old skool, kids lying on carpets type event....ohoh -better dust off the clownsuit!

Btw - it's funny one of the main characters surname in my book is Bartholemew -it's got a great literary quality to it:)

Posted on Jul 7, 2012, 9:04:51 PM PDT
Hey, good luck with the storytelling event. My editor has sent off my book to an old couple who own one of those little independent book stores where they have readings in the afternoon. Somehow I have visions of Meg Ryan and her store in "you've got mail" reading to the kids.

Posted on Jul 8, 2012, 9:46:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 8, 2012, 9:47:13 AM PDT
Lyle Evans says:
The Kane Chronicles.

Posted on Jul 8, 2012, 3:42:18 PM PDT
Never read those, but I should imagine they are a great way to get the children interested in history. Plus all those old legends of Egypt, and with Percy Jackson before, there is a wealth of mythology to put into stories.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012, 11:57:19 AM PDT
My Dad always read to me. Even as a tall 13 year old - my dad would sit close to me and read me novels or the National Geographic magazine articles. They are my fondest memories. I vividly recall him reading nearly all of the Roald Dahl books to me; those books in particular stick in my mind.
A.S in NC

Posted on Jul 9, 2012, 2:22:42 PM PDT
librarylady says:
The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a wonderful read aloud and it is told with pictures and with text: half normal novel and half illustrated book that relies heavily upon inferencing skills. It allows a parent and child a chance to talk about the images and see how the story progresses.

A Long Way from Chicago tells the story of two kids who get sent to their grandmother's house for the summer because their parents are in financial straits because it is the 1930s. Grandma is a larger than life character and life is rarely "normal" at her house.

For the kids who cannot get away from the video game world, "Rebels of Halklyen" by Paula Baker and Aidan Davies is full of action and adventure.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012, 7:45:21 PM PDT
We LOVE to read aloud in our family, and the classics seem to be the ones we always return to. My 8yo daughter requests these again and again: Trumpet of the Swan, Caddie Woodlawn, Winnie the Pooh, Pippi Longstocking, The Phantom Tollbooth, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Mr Popper's Penguins, Alice in Wonderland, Arabian Nights, The Secret Garden, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Heidi, Robin Hood by Howard Pyle. The list goes on and on. And many of these were surprises--we didn't realized we'd fallen in love with the characters until part way through some of them. We enjoy contemporary books too--Flat Stanley, the Magic Tree House series, but there is something inherently satisfying in discovering something that generations have loved as well!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2012, 8:28:17 PM PDT
Pippi and the Phantom Tollbooth were fantastic....
It's amazing how the images from those early books stay with you
the giant peach, the Mississipi river, the great glass elevator....
Storytelling, of course is great for the bond between parent and child -a way of putting the world in order as well as widening its horizons.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2012, 11:36:18 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2012, 12:08:46 PM PDT
VERY few people (especially parents) come to this forum anymore because of the incessant, drive by advertising that is NOT ALLOWED on a customer forum. Can those of you who are trying to sell books, please go to the ONLY place on Amazon where it is allowed?-

Posted on Jul 15, 2012, 5:40:29 PM PDT
As a newly published author of two children's books, I am well aware of the importance of reading to and with our children. In fact, when I was teaching (grades 4-8) over the years, I recommended children "read aloud" for 15 minutes each day. It is so important to have fresh, timely and interesting reads as well as the wonderful classics we all love. Libraries are one of the best places I know of to get kids hooked during the summer: so many great programs and their FREE! They're also a wonderful place for avid adult readers/writers to take time to visit as a Read-Aloud-Guest. So many kids out there don't have anyone to interact with in a positive reading environment other than possibly during a school day. It's so important that we as readers look to read beyond the classroom! I thoroughly enjoyed your discussion. THANKS FOR THE READ! Bette A. Stevens

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2012, 4:59:44 PM PDT
It's wonderful to think you found the joy of reading when you did. I loved reading as a child and because I was a shy child I could escape into another world. Now I am a grandmother and I have been sharing and reading with my granddaughter since she was a baby. She is now 8 and we discovered the I Spy books by Walter Wick a few years back. We have read and re-read them a dozen times and always have fun in the process. She is reading the Far Away Tree series by Enid Blyton and absolutely loves them too as my children did. The most important thing is to listen carefully when they read out loud and to help gently with difficult words often sounding out the syllables - I try to make it funny too by pretending to say it a little bit incorrect so she can correct me. She catches the meaning and spelling really fast...thanks ...Sue from Oz

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2012, 5:56:56 PM PDT
Susan, stories like your are the ones I love to hear. Thanks for the share... KUDOS! Bette A. Stevens

Posted on Jul 17, 2012, 1:40:25 AM PDT
Well, I've not poked my head in here for a week and it seems people have been taking part. As this is the first thread I have started, this is wonderful to see.

And yes, G, thanks for reminding us that we can't self promo in here, and in a rather more gentle way than I've seen in the kindle forum. Let's not start this argument here, then perhaps the people will not be frightened away.

I've had another thought about this subject today. I am sick with a cold and finding comfort in going back to stories I've loved in the past.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012, 5:33:47 AM PDT
Get well soon, Mister Bartholemew.

Another amazing component of the kid's books I remember were the illustrations. Quentin Blake is without much whimsy, so much heart -did anyone read Sid Fleischman's Mc Broom's Wonderful One Acre Farm? Quentin Blake was magic in this. I grew up on a pretty amazing one acre farm in New Zealand myself and I guess it's those books which connect to your identity and existence and then sprinkle a bit of magic on it that really become special.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012, 4:15:00 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 17, 2012, 4:23:50 PM PDT
Thanks. I am looking forward to getting well soon, but this is the first day.

It sounds as though you grew up in a great place, Kaal. I've been to New Zealand a couple of times and it is the most beautiful country, and there is some magic there. Perhaps that's what they capture for the Lord of the Rings.
Aha! Nice! The Lord of the Rings, and the Hobbit too, which I'm sure we are, for the most part, all looking forward to coming out as a movie. I suppose that those books were where I started to read for myself. I was introduced to them by my brother, and he by my aunt. Such a rich story!

Oh yes, I almost forgot to say. Quentin Blake. Roald Dahl wouldn't seem like Roald Dahl without those illustrations. The BFG with those over-sized ears, James and the Giant Peach. Just the mention of those titles brings back so many memories.
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