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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What has your family been reading lately?