I don’t know how you handle buying your children books, but my girls know the one thing I rarely say no to when they ask is books. The oldest was allowed to purchase $53 worth of books from the latest Scholastic flyer and I just finished volunteering at my youngest daughter’s school book fair, where I plunked down almost $50. As long as they read them, I’m happy.
My daughters are very different from each other, and perhaps most noticeably in the area of reading. The older one avoids reading as if she might catch the Swine Flu by picking up a book, while the little one has been a lover of books since she was able to lift her head from the crib mattress. I have found two books, however, that my reluctant reader will gladly select when it is time for her daily reading: Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story and Katie & Kimble: The Magic Wish.
The Katie & Kimble series by Linda Thieman is about a young girl named Katie Russell, who moves with her family to the country. In their new home, she discovers the ghost of a ten-year-old girl named Kimble. The two become fast friends.
The main source of conflict in the first book is that Kimble doesn’t know what happened to her mother and asks Katie to help her uncover the truth. In Book 2, Katie and Kimble make a special wish that turns Kimble human for two days, which leads to all kinds of fun adventures.
These books are geared toward children ages 7 to 10, so our eight-year-old is the perfect age for these. She quickly made her way through Book 1, is almost done with Book 2, and is anxious for the author to finish with the third book in this series. You can find out more by visiting the Katie & Kimble blog.
Now it’s your turn to share. Do you find it hard to say no when your children and/or grandchildren ask for books? Have you found any books your reluctant readers will sit down with? What is a recent favorite book you’ve read together?