This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Monday, December 31, 2007

Roo's Reading Wrap-Up 2007

Roo has matured a lot. His tastes have changed and understanding and abilities have increased . Topics of interest have become more varied. Roo was a relatively early reader. Not precociously so, but by age four he had a good start.

He read 67 books this year! We worked out a system that allowed me to assign some books and allowed him to choose some. I think the books he chose himself were awesome and challenging. Not lazy choices at all.

He enjoyed biographies and has asked that we continue to find more. That was a good introduction to non-fiction. For 2008 we will be exploring other non-fiction books.

Roo also got caught up in several series and sometimes needed some redirection to come up for air. But he may have gotten that from me (I love a good series). He read the Narnia series, Mary Norton's The Borrowers set, one of Gordon Korman's adventure series, and started, finished or dabbled with a few others.

Through another series, a boy named Harry Potter entered our lives. I will say, I never intended to read or have my sons read J.K. Rowlings' wildly successful stories. But after doing some research and reading conflicting reviews I decided to read one myself. Well...I was hooked.

I was and still am of the belief that these should not be handed to young children to read alone. We read the first five as a family and then Roo would pick them up and devour them again, shortly after, reading carefully and asking a lot of questions.

Boo decided to opt out after the fifth one and that actually felt like it was a good place for him to stop. He and I will pursue them at a later date if he expresses interest. Roo was allowed to continue with the sixth alone and last week finished the seventh.

I truly don't believe a child will be missing something if they never read Harry Potter. There is plenty of other worthy and more classic fiction out there. But for us it has been the source of many discussions and has fueled a love of words in Roo. We will be doing some etymology studies and see how that goes.

2008's plan includes historical fiction, some King Arthur pursuits, a couple of different series, including The Guardians of Ga'Hoole and Warriors per Roo's request. Also, as I said, some biographies and different non-fiction. It is getting hard to keep up with Roo. I may have to include some of what's on the roster for my reading because I try to pre-read at least some of his books. It really helps for some lively discussions.

What a great job Roo!! For anyone looking for some ideas for 9-10-11 year old boys, here is his list:

* Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
* Island of Dreams by Greg Farsheten
* Strider by Beverly Cleary
* The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
* The Borrowers by Mary Norton
* The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
* Redwall by Brian Jacques
* Eragon by Christopher Paolini
* Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
* Diving with Dolphins by Nick Arnold
* Mikhail Baryshnikov, Dance Genius by Bruce Glassman
* The Iron Ring by Lloyd Alexander
* Golden Press' Children's Bible
* The Borrowers Afield by Mary Norton
* The Kids' Book of Chess by Harvey Kidder
* The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
* Dinosaur Detective: On the Right Track by B.B. Calhoun
* Transformers Showdown by B.P. Trimpe
* The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
* The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
* Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
* A Series of Unfortunate Events--A Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
* The Borrowers Afloat by Mary Norton
* Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
* Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
* In Search of the Time and Space Machine by Deborah Abela
* The Barn at Gun Lake by J. Tuitel and S. Lamson
* The Further Adventures of Hank the Cowdog by J. R. Ericson
* Eldest by Christopher Paolini
* A Series of Unfortunate Events 2: Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
* Intrigue at the Rafter B Ranch by Stephen Bly
* Facing West-a Story of the Oregon Trail by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
* The Bite of the Gold Bug: A Story of the Alaskan Gold Rush
* Bionicle Legends 4: Legacy of Evil by Greg Farshtey
* The President Is Dead: A Story of the Kennedy Assasination by Virginia T. Gross
* The Journal of Jesse Smoke: A Cherokee Boy by Joseph Bruchac
* On the Run 1: Chasing the Falconers by Gordon Korman
* Spy Mice: The Black Paw by Heather Vogel Frederick
* The Borrowers Aloft by Mary Norton
* The Life and Times of Igor Stravinsky--Masters of Music Series by Jim Whiting
* The BFG by Roald Dahl
* On the Run 2: The Fugive Factor by Gordon Korman
* Sitting Bull: Sioux Leader by Elizabeht Schleichert
* DK Biography: John F. Kennedy by Howard S. Kaplan
* J.R.R. Tolken: Master of Fantasy by David R. Collins
* DK Biography: Harry Houdini by Vicki Cobb
* On the Run 3: Now You See Them, Now You Don't by Gordon Korman
* Masters of Music: The Life and Times of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky by Jim Whiting
* The Borrowers Avenged by Mary Norton
* Veteran's Day: Remembering Our War Heroes by Elaine Landau
* The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
* On the Run 4: The Stowaway Solution by Gordon Korman
* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
* Spy Mice: For Your Paws Only by Heather Vogel Frederick
* Guardians of Ga'Hoole Book 1: The Capture by Kathryn Lasky
* The Mayflower Compact by Phillip Brooks
* DK Biography: Anne Frank by Kem Knapp Sawyer
* Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
* DK Biography: Helen Keller by Leslie Garrett
* Squanto: Friend of the White Men by Clyde Robert Bulla
* Pocahontas by Joseph Bruchac
* Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
* The Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter
* The Warriors: Fire and Ice by Erin Hunter
* The Warriors: Forest of Secrets by Erin Hunter


kim said...

Ditto my comments from my last comment (on your entry below) for this child! Tell him, "great job!" from a bloggy friend, ok?!

My son read the Harry Potter series twice this year! I am not a re-reader by nature so this mystified me, but I let him do it because I knew he would move on to other books. Harry did not enter our home until a couple of years ago--we just wanted to wait until our boys were a little older--I have not read any of them, but my fantasy loving husband was right there in the middle of that series with the boys!

Guardians of Ga'Hoole were read by my Sam and he loved them--very engrossing and easy reads. I don't know how old your son is, but another series (3 so far) that Sam has liked is the Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson and Steve Barry.

Happy reading to your son!

Jenny in Ca said...

Great list, how wonderful your boy enjoys reading so much!

My 11yr old dd is really into the Warriors series.

We at first decided not to share the Rowling books with our kids or let them see the movies- tho hubby and I devoured them. We changed our minds watching the last movie out-I agree with you about the young ones, only the 11 year old and 12 year old were allowed to watch/read- we've had some great discussions and fun because of the books.