School started recently, the community pool is closed, Halloween decorations are being pulled out of storage, and the weather is cooler. That can only mean one thing Summer is over. Our local library had a summer reading program with prizes every year. The kids had to keep a log and they were given free reign over what to choose as long as it was age appropriate. We also wouldn't let them count re-reads.
Our house has thousands of books that are all out in different rooms of the house. Our main method of buying is used books, online, and Kindle (they both prefer reading physical books -- a speculative post for another day?). Other medium's can influence their book reading decisions but reviews and book selling venues don't seem to.
I thought it might be interesting to see what kids pick on their own to
read. There are many different spheres of influence that can come into
play when buying a book but I don't know how much they come into play
with kids. At least with my kids anyway I seem to be their biggest sphere of influence because I'm constantly buying stacks of used books that I think they might like.
So, here's what they read over the summer.
The Girl (12):
Fetching by Kiera Stewart
The Secret Language of Girls by Dovey Coe
Halloween Party by R. L. Stine
Free to Fall by Lauren Miller
Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Hallow City by Ransom Riggs
Driver's Ed by Caroline B. Cooney
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
The Boy (13):
Batman Arkham City by Paul Dini
Department Nineteen by Will Hill
Department Nineteen: The Rising by Will Hill
Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo
What did your kids read this summer?
My grandson, 7, just got interested in reading to himself and he read THE DIARY OF A WIMPY KID books and all the CALVIN AND HOBBES books. And some of the GARFIELD ones.
One son read lots of Artemis Fowl. And lots of Dungeons and Dragons books.
My other son read the season #3 and #4 graphic novels of "Jericho."
Amazingly, when my nephew of 12 came to the house for 6 weeks this summer, he read all of my old Hardy Boys and Tom Swift Jr. books, and he loved them!
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