Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Favorite Books


March 2 marked the birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss.

Kids across the nation dressed as their favorite book character and listened attentively as rhymes and new worlds spilled from colorful pages. Except Owen. Who decided he'd rather not dress up.

Despite his inclination to go against the grain when it comes to dress-up days, Owen loved his primary school's celebration of NEA's Read Across America Day. In honor of the man whose made-up words have become part of my parenthood vocabulary, I'd like to share some of my family's favorite reads.

Nathan has always loved a good story, but it wasn't until fourth grade that he started devouring books. His favorite series is Goosebumps, but his current top genre is historical fiction. His favorite is A Night Divided. It's about a family separated by the Berlin Wall. His homeroom teacher has a library and gives them time after they complete their work to kick back and read. He gets to bring these books home, as well as the titles he checks out at the school library. Nathan's elementary school has played a huge part in his love for reading, and I love hearing all about his new worlds. He's currently reading The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman.

Owen's favorite book series is Pete the Cat, because who doesn't love this cool cat? All of his stories feature Owen's kindergarten sight words and the rest are fairly easy to sound out. He loves reading these with his brother and showing off his skills. Owen also loves to lean against me in bed and listen to his stories. His favorite right now is Owen by Kevin Henkes. Not only does he share a name with the lead character, he also shares a love for blankets. His aunt gifted him this book for his first birthday, and he was shocked when his librarian read it to him a few weeks ago. Unlike the book Owen, though, my Owen bravely leaves his blanket home each day.

Nora's reading habits fall in line with mine: she's a lover of the classics. We always seems to land on the words I've been reading for a decade: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and If You Give A Mouse a Cookie {plus all the other animals and baked goods involved}. She does like being read to, but more often she'll carry a pile of books to a comfy spot and enjoy the quiet. Dr. Seuss is especially good for that.

My own preferences are long and genre-hopping, but I will try to narrow it down. In no particular order, these are my favorites: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, To Kill a Mockingbird, Leaves of Grass, Looking for Alaska, and The Catcher in the Rye. Done. Jonathan's always been a more genre-specific reader. While he loves the magical world of JK Rowling as much as any human should, he's stuck beside Louis L'Amour western novels for as long as I've known him. I do like that about him.

There you have it, friends, an insight into both the fight-the-system attitude of my middle child and the reading habits of my bunch. Hopefully we've inspired you to pick up a new book or reread an old favorite. Now, you give it a go. Share your favorite books and leave us some suggestions in the comments.

Have a lovely Wednesday!

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