Juvenile Pile: Unfinished Books and a Longer Read Aloud

We’re in week 2 of the library reading program. Christopher is almost at 4 hours. He’s been pretty excited still about reading. Although he’s not always thrilled about finishing the books he’s started. Also, I admit that with all of the time he’s been reading before bedtime, I haven’t been reading out loud to him quit as much. I’m hoping that will change with the longer read aloud book I just started.

As mentioned in last week’s post, Christopher had been asking to read The Book With No Pictures again, so I reserved it from the library, and it came in quickly. We read it right away on Tuesday afternoon when I brought it home with me. I read it to him, and we laughed again. We really love this book.

That same night, he read it to me at bed time. I think he had some of it memorized (or maybe it was just too easy), but there are a lot of silly made up words that he did have to sound out. He read his favorite part a couple of times. It was fun. We really should buy this book.
5 stars

I saw Red: A Crayon’s Story on Literacious’ LGBT Pride Month list earlier this week, and I knew we had to read it right away. It also came into the library very quickly. It tells the story of Red, a blue crayon with a red label. Everyone has opinions and tips for Red about how to be more red, but no matter what he does, everything he colors is blue.

It’s a terrific metaphor for being transgender. Christopher guessed right away that he was really a blue crayon with a red label. We talked briefly about how things aren’t always what they seem on the inside. I didn’t really get into gender or identity or anything like that, but I think this book builds a great foundation for understanding. 5 stars

I reviewed an eARC of Little Shaq Takes a Chance a couple of months ago, and I really enjoyed the story. I was so excited to read it with Christopher. We finally got a copy from the library last week. We had tried the first book, but he never finished it.

We have only made it through half of this book so far, and he seems to be enjoying it. He’s struggling a little with returning to books that he has started. I’m hoping my Book Bingo and reading a longer chapter book together (see below) will help with this problem.

My original rating was 4 stars.

I read a post by Viviane Schwarz on Nerdy Book Club, and I loved what she had to say about school, so I thought I should check out her book: How to Find Gold. This book has a lot of words, and I really had to keep encouraging Christopher to get through the whole thing.

It’s the story of a girl and a crocodile who draw a map and find gold. It’s a little bit strange, but also kind of fun. I enjoyed the illustrations, but it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. 3 stars

Excellent Ed is another book we haven’t quite finished yet. Christopher read the first half, which talks about Ed (a dog) being in a family with 5 exceptional kids. They’re all very talented in one way or another, and Ed is struggling to figure out where he belongs and what makes him special.

I read through the rest on my own (and we’ll have to finish it together soon), and in the end Ed finds many things he’s good at. It’s pretty cute. 3 stars

The BFG by Roald Dahl was one of my favorite books when I was younger. I tried to read it last year with Christopher, but he was too young. With the movie coming out in July, I knew I had to try again, so I bought the paperback at Target a couple weeks ago. We started it this week. Christopher wasn’t really paying attention for the first chapter or so, but then once Sophie gets snatched, he said, “This is getting interesting,”

I am hoping we can make it through the full book this time because I want to take him when we go see the movie, and I believe in reading the book first as often as you can. I can’t really remember everything that happens, but I know it’s a magical adventure, and I’m excited to share it with my son.
5 stars

What have your children been reading this week? Any good books we should check out? Do you still read out loud to your kids now that they’re reading on their own?

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