I've always been a big reader, and I would love my kids to develop the same habit. I'm don't think that there is much that is more wonderful than curling up with a warm blanket and a good book, and reading until you force yourself to turn out the light because you know you're going to hate yourself in the morning.
But I've been struggling getting my kids motivated to read. Most days, it seems like reading is a chore for them, one more thing to check off the homework chart. Not to mention their choices in books are usually a little less than substantial.
For example, I recently had to ban all of this series from the house:
And they've read every one of these that they can find at the library:
They love these, but read them in less than a day:
Ashlynn has recently started:
And Abby is on the third book in this series:
I loved Harry Potter, and both my husband read them as fast as I could get my hands on them, but Ashlynn still groans when I tell her it's time to read. And while Abby seems to like Fablehaven, and about fell over dead from excitement yesterday when she got to meet the great Brandon Mull in person and he signed a bookmark for her, I still have to remind her to finsh that book before she starts another. What I'm hoping for is something that will really capture their attention. Something that they can't put down, something worth of will smuggling a flashlight up to their rooms so they can read under the covers when they're supposed to be asleep. (And I'm wondering what will do it if Harry Potter and Fablehaven don't!) Suggestions? Ideas on how to help them love reading?
And as for Max, we've read all of this series so many times that the entire family, including him, has them memorized. I ordered this one from Amazon the day it was released because I was so excited to have a new one!
We also love the close relative of Elephant and Piggie: the pigeon. (Mo Willems needs to write more of these!)
And we can't forget this book. We bought this for $.50 at Deseret Industries years and ago, and it has had more readings over the past few months than any book in our house. Combine multiple readings a day of with all the violin music going on in our house at all hours of the day and night and you get a two year old constantly asking "Max violin lessons?"
And don't forget to "Make way for Elmo and his duckies!"
Max has also taken a weird liking to this book, which seems like it would be way over his head.
Ideas? Suggestions? Plugs for your favorite author? What are your favorite books for toddlers or young girls?