The book that did him in

So I’m facing a little dilemma here, and a little unsure about what to do. My younger son discovered the Harry Potter books in the fall, and devoured the first 2 very quickly. Then came Christmas, and his birthday, and although he was still only on book 3, we decided to buy him all 7 books.

He excitedly finished The Prisoner of Azkaban, and got stuck into Book 4, The Goblet of Fire. Now, I find him literally ‘stuck’. For the last few weeks, he’s […]

Books Boys Love – Part 2

Continuing on from my earlier post about Books Boys Love… I’ve been compiling a list of popular books from our Reading Rewards website that were read (and enjoyed!) primarily by boys. If you’re looking for great book recommendations for boys, you might want to consider some of these titles!

Eragon (Inheritance)
Christopher Paolini

Amazon puts this book into the Young Adult category, and happens to have the highest average reader age of all our ‘Top Books for Boys’: 12 1/2 years old. So a […]

Books Boys Love – Part 1

After more than 12 months of readers logging their reading minutes and book reviews on Reading Rewards, I thought I’d take a look and see which books were read and enjoyed primarily by boys.

Here are some of the books that came out on top. I’ll post some others later this week!

The first novel of the Heroes of Olympus (Rick Riordan) series was read by 25 of our members, 20 of which were boys (80%). Their average rating was 4.9/5, so this was a huge […]

A review of The Giving Tree

I stumbled upon Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree at the library this week. Unbelievably, I had never read it despite countless bedtimes with my 2 boys.

I have to admit one of the reasons I picked it up was it’s apparent simplicity. Large pictures, few words, I thought it would be a good choice for my daughter who is only just really starting to pick up English. I wrote about our struggles in an earlier post here.

She was thoroughly engaged at first, enjoying the […]

Pit bulls in libraries?

I love dogs. Charlie, our gentle, giant of a doodle, is an integral part of our family, participating in most aspects of family life. Reading time is no exception, and while my kids have yet to actually read to him, his company by their feet is always comforting.

Everytime I read a story about therapy dogs helping kids read in library and school programs, it warms my heart. I couldn’t imagine a better use for these animals. So when I read about the […]

The Power of a Book

How I believe in the power of a book. I actually remember the first book I ever ‘read’: sitting on my father’s lap, and feeling his pride (and my own) as I read Dr. Seuss’s Hop On Pop. Cup, pup, pup in cup. I suppose much of it was from memory but I’ll never forget that feeling of reading on my own for the first time. Once I started, I never really stopped.

As a very awkward pre-teen, I dove into Judy Blume and read her books from […]