What We're Reading

My kids have been reading a lot this summer.  I'm so glad!  My soon-to-be-a-second-grader son has been reading chapters books.  My four year old has been "reading" me stories at night.  And my daughter has books with her at all times.  Here's a little of what we've been reading...

4 Year Old (Boy) Favorites:

He loves all the Fly Guy books, but this one is a favorite.

We just discovered the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems a few weeks ago.  They are easy to remember the words, so the child can "read" it himself. 

This book, "There Is a Bird on Your Head!" is our favorite.  It makes me laugh every time.

7 Year Old Boy Favorites:

My son is just beginning to love reading.  He loves these short chapter books. 

Flat Stanley series

My Weird School series
The My Weird School series is by Dan Gutman.

9 Year Old Daughter Favorites:

Anne of Green Gables is her favorite right now.  We watched the movie together after she finished the book.  Now she's starting to read the other books in the series.

Books I'm Reading:

I'm almost done reading Siblings Without Rivalry.  If your kids have been saying "It's not fair!" or fighting a lot this summer, I recommend this book.  It's excellent!  I can't wait to finish it and try out what I've learned on my kids.  Hopefully it will make a difference.

I just checked out The Devil in the White City to read.  I haven't read a novel for a while, but I enjoy reading non-fiction. 

Have you read any great books this summer?  Do your kids have any favorites?  Feel free to share!


  1. Oh Jenny, you have hit on my all-time favorite topic! Are you on Goodreads? Because that's where I really talk books. (And on my blog.)

    Fly Guy and Elephant/Piggie are my six-year-old's favorites, and my eight-year-old likes the Flat Stanley books, too ... well, that and graphic novels (that's all my boys have been reading this summer, it seems like).

    I checked out a funny picture book a week or two ago: Crankee Doodle. It's pretty new. Made me laugh out loud. It's fun to read aloud to the kids and has just a little twist at the ending.

    I love the book "Pete the Cat" (another picture book) -- it has a message that's good for kids but also good for adults! (Another one that reminds me to chill out and cheer up: "The Pout-Pout Fish." Sometimes I think the authors are talking more to the person reading to the kid than the kid himself.)

    I've been reading quite a bit this summer. Our book club always picks a long-ish classic to read during the summer and it always ends up being one of the best books I've read all year. This summer was Jane Eyre -- it was great. Not as good as previous picks (Gone With the Wind, Les Miserables, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) but those are hard to beat!

    I also read a quick and easy read (it's more of a YA novel) that I really liked: The Running Dream by Wendelin van Draanen.

    Oh, and I really liked Rocket Boys (the story of October Sky, if you remember that movie).

    I've been meaning to read Devil in the White City for a long time now -- let me know if I should check it out!

  2. I love this. I'm excited to check some of these out.


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