Juvenile Pile: Many Half-Read Books

I don’t know if Christopher is getting burnt out on chapter books or what. I feel like he’s been struggling to finish books recently. We keep starting new ones and then never making it to the end – whether it’s because they’re due back to the library or I just pick them all up and put them back on his shelf.

I just went through my “Kids Books – Want to Read” list on Goodreads and reserved a bunch of picture books from the library. I’m thinking maybe we’ll go back to shorter books over the summer, so we can get through some complete stories. Maybe the break will help him get more interested in story vs. just reading to complete his minutes. We’ll see.

Here are some of the books we’ve been reading lately.

Mr. Pants: It’s Go Time! (Mr Pants! #1) by Scott McCormick

This book was really strange, but Christopher really seemed to enjoy it. It’s a very easy to read comic book style story about three cats and their “mom.” The boy cat, Mr. Pants, wants to play laser tag, but his sisters want to do girlie things. There’s a lot of shenanigans in this story. I can’t remember if we finished it before I returned it to the library.

3 Stars

The Great Pet Escape (Pets on the Loose #1) by Victoria Jamieson

Christopher got this book from the Easter Bunny. It’s a cute comic book story about hamsters who are class pets at an elementary school. They concock a plan to escape. I didn’t realize it was the beginning of a series. We haven’t finished it yet, but we were enjoying reading it. The story is decent and the reading level is pretty perfect for Christopher right now.

3 Stars

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute (Lunch Lady #1) by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

I love that this series is about lunch ladies! I’d forgotten about them until my son started kindergarten last year, and I went and had lunch with him. In this series the lunch ladies are superheroes. There’s a lot going on in this book even though the text is fairly simple. A substitute teacher is an evil cyborg, and the lunch ladies save the day. I assume. We didn’t finish this one. Or maybe Christopher did, but I missed the ending.

4 Stars

Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim’s Birthday (Junie B. Jones #6) by Barbara Park

We bought this book from Barnes and Noble as a reward for Christopher finishing his first chapter book (also Junie B. Jones) several months ago. It’s a pretty typical Junie B. book. She’s not invited to a birthday party, and she wants to move I think. Again, I didn’t get to hear all that he did read, and we’ve only made it about half way through. We’re going to see the Junie B. play this week at the local children’s theater, so maybe that will inspire us to keep going.

3 Stars

Junie B., First Grader: Boo…and I Mean It! (Junie B. Jones #24) by Barbara Park

Christopher borrowed this book from the school library, and we only got to keep it for a week. We made it half way through, and I was really enjoying this one, so I’m sad we didn’t get to finish. Someone told Junie B. about bad things happening on Halloween, so now she’s afraid to go trick or treating. Her fear was real and relatable. I wanted to know how she was going to figure out what to do.

4 Stars

What has your family been reading lately?

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  1. For what it's worth, my daughter (newly 7) had a phase like that, especially with books I was reading to her. We dipped into various things, and she dipped into some of them on her own, but she kept losing interest. I think it was at least in part because her interest level was above her actual comprehension level – things were just too difficult to be as fun as they had sounded. I'm mainly reading her picture books again now (after finishing Harry Potter 3), and she's stepped back a little into early chapter books and graphic novels, after trying and not succeeding at some more challenging books. I let her choose her pace, and just try to make sure that the books she does want are available… Good luck! Happy summer reading!

    1. Thanks, Jen. I reserved a bunch of picture books from the library, and we tried a couple the other night already. It seemed to go a little better. We do our reading at night when he's tired, so that makes it challenging to focus as well. šŸ™‚

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