I’ve spent so much time lately researching reading picks for my kids, stocking their bookshelves with all sorts of award-winning and popular titles, that when it finally comes time to reading myself, I often end up reading one of the books I’ve carefully chosen for…. my boys.
I was almost ashamed to admit how lost I got in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy. I bought and read all three in a single week. I’ve since read many more great YA titles, with a To-Read list that is growing daily.
Not only do I find them completely engrossing, and wonderful to fall into at the end of a long day, I have also recently realized how helpful it is to my older son to know I have read a book he might have questions about or is struggling with.
He’s recently picked up The Hunger Games, and while he is still only early on in the story, he had a number of questions about the plot that I would not have been able to help with had I not read it myself. Not only was I able to help him through some of the more difficult concepts, but because I had read it and he knew I had enjoyed it, he kept stopping his reading to discuss the storyline. It was so wonderful not only to be reading side by side, but also to be sharing and exchanging different thoughts about a book.
As for my younger guy, he struggles a bit with his book reports. He has a few of them due several times throughout the year, and when I’ve read his books myself, I’m better able to […]