What My Kids Are Reading: June 23, 2017

The 8-Year-Old
The Dangerous Book for Boys

I’ve been looking at this book for ages and finally picked it up for my 8-year-old. It is fantastic and I can’t recommend it enough! This book is full of activities, history, survival skills, and how to make the world’s best paper airplane. My son has been carrying it with him around the house and outside, and he taught himself how to tie a square knot from the tutorial in the book. If you’re looking for an alternative to electronics in the summer, if your son is interested in outdoor skills or history (my son thought the Seven Wonders of the World chapter was really cool), or if you just want to add another fun book to your collection, this is the one to get. I only wish I’d bought it sooner! And don’t worry, if you have a girl, The Daring Book for Girls is for you! I looked through it, and it is most definitely NOT a princess book. Several little girls I know will be getting this as Christmas gifts this year!

Boys’ Life
Another magazine! My son gets this magazine as part of his Cub Scout membership, and it goes perfectly with The Dangerous Book for Boys. The articles are great, there’s a whole joke section that my son finds hilarious, and it gives him creative ideas for things to do during the week. Even if you don’t have a Cub Scout, you can get a subscription to the magazine!

The 6-Year-Old
Clark the Shark: Tooth Trouble

Clark the Shark books are perfect for young readers. Clark is afraid of going to the dentist for his toothache, but he learns that the dentist isn’t so scary after all, and can help him feel better. (There’s also a good message about not listening to your friends when they tell you scary stories that might not be true.) My 6-year-old can read most of it on his own, and the ocean characters are well-drawn and funny. This book is particularly good if you have a kid who is on the verge of losing a tooth or might be nervous about losing teeth!

What THEY’RE Reading Together
Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets

My boys have been reading together lately, mainly my 8-year-old reading to my 6-year-old, and they both love the Captain Underpants series. This is the second book in the series, and George and Harold have gotten themselves into some trouble by accidentally creating an army of evil, talking toilets. (You might recognize a few scenes from the movie too.) Captain Underpants has to save the day again! (Having boys means I’ve read books with storylines I never could have imagined…)

I hope you all had a good week reading with your kids too!

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