What My Kids Are Reading: July 7, 2017

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules   Secret Pizza Party   Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

The 8-Year-Old
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules

I realize that I’ve probably posted about Diary of a Wimpy Kid a bit excessively here, but my 8-year-old really does re-read these all the time. If he wants to relax, if he’s bored, or if he doesn’t feel like starting a new book, he always reaches for this series. This week it was Rodrick Rules, and I realized exactly how much of an influence I’ve been on him. See how there are two copies in that picture? He found a paperback edition and wanted to get it since he only has hardcovers. Buying multiple copies of a favorite book? I don’t see the problem! (Especially since it was $2 at a used bookstore.) I am telling you, there is something about this series that seems to be universally appealing to kids. We’ve been listening to the audio books in the car too (I am a bit burned out on the series, myself.), and the narrator is really good. I definitely recommend those too.

The 6-Year-Old
Secret Pizza Party

This book is by one of our favorite children’s author/illustrator duos, Adam Rubin and Dan Salmieri. (Of Dragons Love Tacos and Those Darn Squirrels! fame.) In this one, a poor raccoon just wants some pizza, but everyone keeps chasing him away with brooms! How can he get to the pizza without anyone noticing? My 6-year-old LOVES this book, and my older son dressed up as the raccoon one year for the school’s literary character parade. It’s funny, the illustrations are amazing as always, and I can almost guarantee you will all want your own secret pizza party by the end.

What We’re Reading Together
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Well, we have finished Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and started on Harry’s next adventure. I have completely given up trying to just read these to my 8-year-old, and even my husband listens in sometimes. I know these books are long, and some people might think it’s silly to read that long of a book to my kids, but I truly love it. Re-reading these books in this way gives me a whole new perspective on one of my all-time favorite series, and there is no greater reward than watching their eyes light up at all of the big reveals. So I will keep on with my sorry Scottish Hagrid accent, and all of the other accents I come up with, so that we can experience the books together.


I hope you had a great week of reading with your kids too!

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