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When I was a child, summers were all about reading. One of the places where we lived when I was around 9-11 years old was within walking distance of a library. I think I read more books those summers than I ever did before or since. During that period, I read nearly everything written by Beverly Cleary (Ramona the Pest was my favorite), nearly the entire Boxcar Children Bookshelf, The Little House books, several Encyclopedia Brown books, and started the Anne of Green Gables Series. I’m probably forgetting some, but those were the highlight books.
Needless to say, summertime means reading time to me. This year, Monkey is finally old enough to enjoy reading. We’ve started our first chapter book (Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Runaway Dog) and she can almost read all of the words without any help from me. Unfortunately, I feel like the plot of this story is a little slow, so there is no real motivation on her part to continue. I have higher hopes for the other books on her list.
We set up an arrangement: for each book that Monkey reads, she will get a small prize (like an ice cream cone, or a dollar store toy). If she is able to read 10 books (small chapter books or second/third grade reading level books), then she can get one large prize (like a trip to the Legoland Discovery Center or video game).
Here are the books on our list for 1st grade:
- Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Runaway Dog
- Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon
- Magic Tree House: Lions At Lunchtime
- Nate the Great and Me: The Case of the Fleeing Fang
- The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room
- The Berenstain Bears: Too Much TV
- The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners
- Amelia Bedelia
- Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark
- Magic Tree House: The Knight At Dawn
I don’t know if she will be able to read any more than that, but if she does, we will have to come up with a new prize!
What books are you reading this summer?
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