11 years - I feel so lucky!
This is my Dude. He is a sweetheart. Can't you tell? He is a sensitive soul, a funny spirit and will be a good hearted man. He is an expert NASCAR 08 driver, makes a mean quesadilla and learned how to rip-stick in about 5 minutes. He constantly amazes me - his perfect grades, his inability to lie about anything and his depth of empathy for others. He just turned 11 years old and I have to say, these last 11 years have been more wonderful than I ever anticipated. I love being his mom.
I started this post with the intention to share the fact that he is a reader (like me!). But I got carried away with what a great guy he is. I will post more about his amazing self in the future - but let's get back on task shall we?
What do adolescent boys read? This question came up on one of my Yahoo Groups the other day. You walk into a book store and there is a huge amount of reading choices for girls this age. But what about the boys? One mom on the board needed suggestions. I checked out Dude's bookshelf just now and this is what I found:
The Black Stallion Series - I bought the entire series in hardback on Ebay. I loved them and so did he.
Chronicles of Narnia - he read straight through.
The Lord of the Rings - he read the Hobbit and now is into the Two Towers.
The Little House on the Prairie series - not just for girls!
The Bartimaeus Trilogy - you will love this too. A good choice for reading together - some big words that he found difficult last year.
The Series of Unfortunate Events - he loved these. (I find them mind-numbingly repetitive - but he really dug them).
The Warrior Series by Erin Hunter- just getting started with this - his friend has devoured them all.
Indiana Jones - He read all the movie ones and is now delving into the others. There are a lot of them and there is even a series of Young Indiana Jones!
He also has Spiderwick, The Edge Chronicles, Peter and the Starcatchers and lots of Roald Dahl on his shelf. He also loved the Eragon books. Waiting for the third!
I was thinking about this and am so excited I have a fellow reader in my son. The tipping point for his interest in books was Harry Potter. We went to a midnight opening at Borders a few years back (Book 5 I think it was), and as we stood in line he saw the LightWedge that has a Harry theme. I bought it for him and it has made all the difference. He started reading at night with the lights out (I think he felt he was getting away with something) and the habit has continued. He stayed up till midnight (eeeek) last night reading.
I wish there was another big book event coming up I could take my 8-year old YaYa to that would spark the same interest! Any ideas?
Isn't she fabulous? She's reading The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew!