OK. Let’s lighten up a bit.
My Child 1 (much to my delight) is an avid reader. I am sooooo thankful for this. He battled at the start of his school years and after loads of extra lessons and practice, practice and more practice he is just BRILLIANT at it. I STILL get excited by the fact that he can read and I absolutely LOVE that I never have to tell him to go and read a book. It’s something that he does out of his own whenever he has some free time.
During last year we struggled to find books for him. HE was in that transition period where many of the books were too “little” for him and at the same time, many of the books were too mature and not suitable for him. I ended up letting him read ANYTHING he wanted just so he could continue to read. HE was reading newspapers (I was selective in what I allowed), and magazines and comics and silly joke books. They got a new librarian at the school during the middle of last year and this was the BEST THING EVER. She really helped him a lot and gave him good guidance about what was suitable for his age group. The books that she recommended were challenging but in a good way and he was DEFINITELY ready to rise to the challenge.
HE is currently into all things vampire and weird and I have to say that we don’t share the same taste in reading. Luckily he doesn’t have issues with germs and fingerprints (like me) and loves the library and second-hand books. I love that he will always take out at least one non-fiction when he goes to the library. He is clearly his Daddy’s boy because I would never ever have thought to take out a non-fiction book when I was that age, unless it was for a school project.
Last night I was in bed doing my reading and I heard him laughing and laughing and laughing. I asked him what was so funny. He happened to be reading something called the Goosebumps series. Which I must now apparently start buying for him. Seriously. He was laughing like he was being tickled or something!
I was laughing in bed at the way he was laughing and then I got to thinking about the books that I was reading when I was that age.
I thought I’d compile a list of my faves from that period in my life i.e. the ones that I still remember from the Pre-Teen period:
Judy Blume’s “Are you there God, it’s me Margaret” I have read ALL of Judy’s books (I think it’s safe to say that she was my FAVOURITE author when I was that age) and I just LOVED them. I will never forget “I must, I must, I must increase my bust”…it still makes me laugh when I think about it. I grew up with Rachel and Stephanie and Allison and come to think of it, it was around this time in my life that I started to contemplate all things friendship. It was completely inspired by these three characters.
Caroline Keene’s “ Nancy Drew” series. I loved a good mystery. Nancy was always describing what they were having for lunch/dinner and I ALWAYS ended up craving what they had. So odd!
Enid Blyton’s ”Famous Five” and “Secret Seven” – I did love Enid Blyton very much. Still do.
Paul Zindel’s – “My darling my hamburger” – a bit heavy for a pre-teen but there were so many lessons in that book for me.
Mmmm….I actually can’t remember anything else. Am pretty sure I read that whole Sweet Valley High series as well.
Interestingly enough, I was just NEVER into the fantasy/sci-fi stuff. I was more into the mystery stuff and I tended to steer towards the “girly” and “drama” books. In fact, I think I was even reading Danielle Steel when I turned 12! I have never ever read a comic book either. Is that weird? Child1 and my DH both LOVE their comics.
What were some of your favourite reads when you were that age? Can you even remember?
Oh, and Child2 is currently having a love affair with any book that has animals in it. And food. I’ve been reading Goldilocks and the three bears EVERY FIVE MINUTES and then get force-fed porridge directly off the pages. Even if I say “no thank-you” I still get force-fed. Even Peter Rabbit shares his onions or whatever with me and I’m not allowed to dislike it or anything.
What are your kids current favourites? Any recommendations for suitable boy tween books?