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Great Books for Your Middle Schooler

We love books. We also love sharing books with our kids, and with your kids too! Reading is such an important part of life. A great love of reading can change how your child sees the world, and how they learn from it. That is why it is important to nurture that love for reading, which isn’t always easy for parents. One great way is to understand what kind of person your child is, what their likes are, what their personality is, and most importantly what their reading level is. If you choose a book too advanced for them it can intimidate them and make them afraid to read because they do not fully understand what they are reading and they don’t like feeling lost. If you choose too far below their level they can get bored and choose not read because it is not fun or thrilling.

To gauge some of these things you need to know how they are doing at school. Meet with their teacher and see what their reading level is this year. Or you might even want to see what it was last year, so that you can see if it is growing and changing each year. You can also check your child’s reading level by doing an at home reading competency test. Tutoring Parents has a great tutorial on how to gauge your child’s reading competency. The tutorial is simple to follow and can be applied to any age group.

Once you know your child’s reading level you can start thinking about books that will impress them. Think of their hobbies, their personality, and the things they think about being in the future. You want to pick things that they have an interest in already, but that doesn’t mean you cannot introduce them to new things. Here is a fun flowchart that will help you think of different ideas, and maybe help you brainstorm some of your own.

Flowchart:

Books for your middle schooler

Now it’s time to head for the library or the local bookstore to pick up some books for your middle schooler.

Best Boy Books: When Friendship Followed Me Home

Preteens and tweens can be very difficult periods of development, not just for our kids, but for us as well. There seems to be a gap that develops between parents and their kids during this important step in development. Many of us remember it well, after all, we went through it as well. Only this time, we are on the other end. You know which end, the end that has no idea what anything feels like. Haha. Yep. We know nothing, again. I remember being a tweet and wondering what my place in the world was, would be, and how to navigate it. I remember my parents were NO help and just did NOT have a clue what I was going through. Many don’t you ever wish you could backpedal and fix everything? Hindsight is 20/20.

When Friendship Followed me home

But now we are on the other side. We know it i survivable, we even have a few tricks up our sleeve. But no one wants to hear that. So instead we try to throw our two-cents in when we can. In as many ways as we can without being caught. This is one of those ways. This book, When Friendship Followed Me Home, is about Ben, a young boy that is so absorbed in his routine and his life of sci-fi-fi books and foster homes that he doesn’t feel a connection to anything. But too something, or someone, is going to reintroduce him to the world of people, love, and family. The story follows Ben on his journey with his new friend(s) and along the way we learn more about Ben, his trials and tribulations, and those of his friends going through the same time period in their lives but with a very different journey. The books shows how parents and kids interact, how kids interact with their peers, and it shows unconditional love. While we cannot promise that it holds some special secret to dealing with your tween or preteen we can tell you it will open up a world of conversations with them, and perhaps give them a better understanding of their own journey.

Boys Books for the Holidays: Christmas in America

This year has been a very busy year. Our kids have witnessed some pretty spectacular events in the history of this country, and a pretty crazy election. No matter what you or your family believe in, or who you voted for, you may have noticed a reaction in your kids. It is the result of such a wide array of media involvement.

No matter where kids are, or how old they are, they see what is happening. It can be difficult to help them understand it all, and feel comfortable with it all. But it can be done. We just need to start at their level and let them see how the world really works without all of that added chaos and drama. This fun and educational book Christmas in America follow Ellis the elephant, a little elephant written by Callista Gingrich that shows kids the pivotal moments in American History.

Christmas in America

Christmas in America shows Ellis traveling throughout important moments in history where he witnesses Martha and George Washington, Andrew Jackson, the Apollo 8 mission, and much more. Ellis shows readers what happens in history, how the colonies were formed, how George Washington becomes our first President, and how the holidays are celebrated during this time.

This seems like such a simple book, but it really helps kids to see the good side of America. It shows them a simpler and more realistic image of what goes on in The White House and in history. Christmas in America is the fifth book in the Ellis the Elephant series and each book teaches incredible historical facts perfect for little kids wanting to understand it all. Check out the holiday installment now and you just might add a new book to your holiday reading list.