Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What We're Reading

Hi friends - long time, no talk. I'm finally back after the longest hiatus ever. The little baby who inspired me to start this blog is turning seven in the spring, and the little boy who rocked my world way back when is almost four - What the what? As you can imagine, life has been busy, but we continue to make time to read. I've been so pleased to find that the older they get, the more fun reading with them gets.

Here's what we've been reading.

Harry Potter Series 
My daughter and I started reading the Harry Potter series this summer, and she is so into it to the point that it's bordering on obsession. I'm perfectly fine with raising a fellow "Potter Head," but we had to have a talk about how it's not polite to call random people "Muggles" when we're out in public. I have to say that I started the series with a bit of hesitation. Not only was I a little wary of it being a little too dark for her, but I also had the secret fear that she wouldn't like it. Both fears were assuaged after reading the first book. We're halfway through book five, and I still worry about some of the things that are coming up, but I trust her when she says she can handle it and will stop reading if it gets to be too much.

The wonderful thing about this is that it's the first time I've read the series since becoming a parent and the first time I've read it with a child. I have such a deep respect for JK Rowling and the magical world she created. And Dumbledore's wisdom still moves me to tears.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume 
My daughter asked me what books I read when I was a kid, and I immediately thought of the Fudge series. I've actually been reading it with both kids. Fudge is a little bit younger than my son, and both kids crack up at his antics. My daughter is closer to Peter's age, and she gets a little worked up over some of the things that Fudge gets away with. We just finished the first book last night and will continue the series.

Elephant and Piggie Series by Mo Willems 
And of course, we constantly go to "the coolest author in the world" - Mo Willems.   I don't care how many times we've read the Elephant and Piggie books, my kids always crack up when we read them. My daughter can read now, and I have to say, I got a little teary eyed when I saw her reading "We are in a Book" to her baby brother.

 In my next series of posts, I'm going to talk about what my daughter is reading on her own, and I may just get her to write a review or two.

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