Category Archives: reading

Boy Books: Wonder

Have you ever wondered how to get your kids to understand that being different is not bad? Middle school is a stage where we all discover we are different. We all feel like the world is staring at us. We all feel less than. We all feel awkward, weird, funny looking, and uncool. But did you ever realize that everyone feels that way?

This month we are gearing up to head back to school. Some of us are excited, some are scared, some are a little of both. But if you have a child starting middle school or junior high and you want them to see that they are unique, they are strong, and they are beautiful inside and out; then you will want them to read this book.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

boy books wonder

Wonder by R. J. Palacio follows a middle school boy named August as he starts his first year at a mainstream school. Not only is August starting a new school —  a middle school — and going through all the changes the age includes, August is also special. August has some facial abnormalities that until now have allowed him to stay away from mainstream schools. But as he has gotten older his family, doctors, and teachers believe it’s time for him to mainstream.

The book follows August on his journey, and in the beginning, it is all in first-person. Readers experience the book through August’s eyes. We feel his feelings, and we experience his disappointments.

Soon readers begin to see the story through August’s classmates perspective, then his sister’s, and finally through his sister’s boyfriend. As the story goes on readers have the unique opportunity to see just what everyone is thinking and feeling. This opportunity is eye-opening. It gives readers the chance to see that everyone feels some of the same emotions and fears.

The book is on the best-sellers list and will soon be a movie starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. The story is so captivating and so mind-changing it is definitely worth reading; it just might change the way you and your kids think and feel about yourself, and others.

Books for Baby: Board Books

Every month we share a special book with our readers. Books are so important in childhood. They are important throughout our lives, but in childhood especially, books teach us invaluable lessons. They show us a world we could never imagine. Books open up our imagination, they give us language development, show us new friends, new places, and they teach us about ourselves.

A child’s love and appreciation of books begins very early. Even the smallest of babies can appreciate and love a book. My youngest is almost two and he absolutely adores books. He brings them to me constantly begging for me to read them to him. He eagerly turns the pages, he touches the pictures, and he even “reads” them when I am not helping him. The best way to cultivate the love of books and reading is to introduce them to books very early, make sure they are age level appropriate, and developmentally appropriate.

Appropriate sounds like such a strange word. Parents might be thinking content; the book doesn’t have content that would confuse or scare the child, but that isn’t quite what we mean.

Did you know that the first 6 months of life children recognize images in black and white and bold patterns? So during this stage, you want to have books with bold patterns and stick to contrasting colors like black and white.

After 6months+ you can add in books that have unique textures. Things the kids can feel and move, soft, hard, rough, scratchy, etc.

Around one year you can add in ones that have sounds or pop-ups. These things can help with their development of space and depth.

When you are reading with your young child try to read in a soft and soothing voice at first. As children grow change your vocal range with different characters. All of this adds to the experience of reading and teaches kids how to use language and their own voice. It also keeps them calm, or alert, depending on the inflection of your voice.

Board books are always an excellent choice in early books. They are resilient. Therefore, board books can be used and abused by young hands. They also usually have very bright and interesting images and illustrations appropriate for this age group. We recommend looking into lots of different types of board books, but you can never go wrong with Sandra Boynton. Her books have been a favorite of young readers and their parents for decades. Be sure to check out Opposites by Sandra Boynton. It is a fun story that will teach your kids all about opposites.

Books for baby - opposites

Best Boy Books: Captain Underpants!

Captain Underpants is a huge fan favorite amongst young boys (and girls!) and with the movie hitting theaters tomorrow it is the PERFECT time to get your kids interested. Check out the books first, or head out and see the movie to get those kids laughing and yearning for more. Right now the full 5 book set is on sale at Amazon and Barnes and Noble in anticipation of the movie premier.

The books follow two friends that create the greatest super-hero in comic book history, and then they bring him to life. His secret identity is so secret even he doesn’t know who he is. So many insane and hilarious events ensue as he saves the world and wrecks havoc in their Elementary school and beyond. It is full of jokes, hilarious situations, and that kind of humor that young boys just eat up. The books have been praised as a set that truly brings reluctant readers to the bookstore again and again.

 

The books are perfect for ages 8-13. But children as young as 5 can enjoy it with the help of a parent reading aloud with them. With the movie premiering tomorrow it is a great chance to draw in new fans by checking out the books before, or even after. You and your kids will love the hilarious situations everyone gets in to, but you will love how incredibly enamored your little readers will become. So be sure to check them out now.