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What books are your kids reading?

Posted by on August 22, 2011 – 9:10 am

I read through a list of suggested books by Parenting.com this morning and realized: Yea, we aren’t even making a dent on the classics.

The list is wonderful – I remember some of them from my own childhood. But I’ve had troubles getting my kids to read anything beyond “character books” (think Barbie, Strawberry Shortcake, etc.) and, for my son, the latest in Japanese comics (“Yu! Gi! Oh!,” anyone?).

Last week, I made a new rule regarding what he can read for his 30 required minutes each night for school. For the first eight days of school, he’s just been picking up those comic books. My husband and I told him he could read them, but they would now longer count for his third-grade teacher.

We then went to the library and I told him to pick a topic and get books on that (fiction and nonfiction). He chose – with great influence from mom – tornadoes. So we picked out a “Magic Tree House” book on tornadoes (fiction) and a few weather books. Then I told him he’s going to have to write a report on tornadoes for me. “What? That’s not part of class,” he responded.

Nope. It’s not. But I want to help him with his writing. So now, he has an assignment from mommy.

As for the classics, I think I’m going to have to get a few of these from the library and read them to my kids. I’m afraid they won’t do it on their own.

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