anti-prose. random matter.
caught between two categories...
Published on March 13, 2004 By crimson In Books
Kole is six. She's a smart six-year old, but hasn't quite mastered the art of reading. She's got the love for listening to stories, but it's getting more difficult to to find books that are just right for her. Any book that reflects her current aptitude for reading is too 'babyish', and any book with the kind of storyline that she's interested is just too damned long. We've tried our hand at Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket, and other books with more of a plotline, and she can listen well too them, but I'm worried about my vocal cords. Seriously.

We are now about to begin The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Yes, it's an oldie (copyright circa 1911), but those elements of magic are just as present then, as they are in the stories that are more contemporary. I don't mind reading aloud to her, in fact, it's given us a lot of time to be together, to appreciate the written word, and to have her understand that reading is a pleasure, not a chore.

I need more book suggestions, though. I feel a little out of the loop as far as children's fiction goes.

on Mar 13, 2004
Ask your librarian. Try all the Dr. Seus books, they are easy to read because they rhyme. I loved Winnie the Pooh because there is adult humor mixed in there. Ask your children's librarian, they really know children's books. Try some non fiction books, too. My son's favorite books were the Charlie Brown Encyclopedia, now outdated. The American Girl series are good for six year old girls, too. You can also read chapter books, one chapter a night. If you need, you can get books on tape along with the picture books. These suggestions are all old ones, from my children's childhood. If there were books, you loved, try them on your daughter. Some of them are so good and they aren't dated. My husband's favorite book to read to my son was Danny and the Dinosaur. My daughters didn't like it as much as my husband. Enjoy.
on Mar 13, 2004
Jake's 7 and he's reading 'The Wind In The Willows"...he and Davey (9) say that the 'Joonie B Jones' (sp) series is good, they both enjoyed reading those. Apparently there a series called 'The Bailey Schoolkids' that included titles such as 'Frankenstein doesn't slam hockey pucks', 'Ninjas don't slice pizzas', 'Santa Claus doesn't mop floors' and so on. Strange titles, but they say (and their big sister agrees) that they're good books. Not to long,'ll definitely have a voice left at the end of them!

Dr Seuss is good, but mine all grew out of those by the time they were 3 or 4. Kole sounds like a smart kid, so I'm sure she's about done with them as well.

Shea, my 11 - going - on - 30 year old daughter says to tell you that 'The Secret Garden' is fabulous.
on Mar 14, 2004
I read "Secret Garden" in school at a young age and I still remember the story 20 years later... now that you mention it, i might have to read it again...

I'm happy to see that you are reading to her and trying to get her to read... (of course, I wouldn't have expected any less from such a great mother)

I wish that someone had figured out a way to "make" me read more when I was a kid...