This week we have both new and old books on our radar, and my kids are learning that books can serve more than one purpose. My 8-year-old is using them to learn more about history, as well as using them to understand why bad things happen in the world. (This is truly a foreign concept to most kids.) My 6-year-old is now reading required books at school and using an educational website to read books for school at home, so when it’s time for fun reading, he just wants a fun and silly book. (Which I completely understand!) What are your kids reading this week? Let me know!
I Survived the Attacks of September 11th, 2001
We hadn’t talked to my 8-year-old about 9/11, but he found out about it this year and had a ton of questions. While we answered as simply as we could and focused on how many people helped after, he still wanted to know more. Finding books about 9/11 for this age was harder than I thought-most of the books are written for ages 10 and up. But he loves the I Survived series, so when I saw there was one for this event, I knew it would be perfect. It’s about an 11-year-old boy who goes into Manhattan to find his friend’s dad, and he just happens to do this on 9/11. It is told from his perspective, and covers a wide array of issues and emotions. The book is well done, and handles 9/11 sensitively and honestly, and it also opened up some great discussions about that day. This can be such a hard topic to navigate, especially since most of us still remember that day very clearly, and this book does a great job in making 9/11 a bit easier to understand for the younger crowd.
The 52-Story Treehouse
We are continuing with the Treehouse series, and have started the 4th! As I’ve said before, these books are wild and crazy, and perfect for elementary aged kids who like funny and silly stories. In this one, Andy and Terry’s publisher, Mr. Big Nose, has gone missing, and they have to figure out what happened to him before they publish their next book. Their new iteration of their treehouse includes a make your own pizza parlor, a detective agency, and a ninja snail training academy. Sound ridiculous? It is, and that’s why it’s great!
What We’re Reading Together
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
We are still working our way through the 4th Harry Potter book! This is a long one, and we only read it together before bed, so we don’t have as much time to read it as we did during the summer. That’s ok with me, though, because this is my favorite Harry Potter book! I do think we’ll take a break after this one and move on to The Chronicles of Narnia, because I think books 5-7 are a little too dark and scary for now. (Unless my 8-year-old talks me into them. Which he probably will!)