Did you know that boys and girls think completely different?!? I have learned, at times the hard way, that the differences are evident in something as simple as literary preferences.
One of my favorite activities with my kids is reading. We enjoy huddling together over a good book for a family read aloud. As the kids mature in interests and require less illustrations, I’ve had increased excitement in adding chapter books to our reading time. I have a long list of classical books I want to share with them.
Last year, I learned the hard way, that boys just don’t like certain books. They suffered through 100 Dresses, and even recognized the life lessons it offered. We didn’t get many chapters into In Grandma’s Attic before it was clear to me they had not heard a word I read and were instead thinking about the next miniature Lego weapon they wanted to build.
At the library this week, I was thrilled when Magoo asked if we could find a chapter book to read during school time. I knew I needed to choose wisely. I passed over Little Women. I passed over Anne of Green Gables. Then, I saw it. Paddle To The Sea!
As a child I had seen a movie of Paddle To The Sea. I had no idea there was a book. Magoo agreed to my selection and we’ve begun reading the book this week. We are thoroughly enjoying tracking Paddle’s route on the map and guessing if he will make it to the sea and how long it might take.
Once we finish the book, later next week, we’ll watch the movie on youtube. It’s always fun to hear the observations the kids make on how a movie compares to a book.
We strive to select books that fall into the Charlotte Mason category of ‘living books.’ Before we again explore our library’s section of chapter books, I’ll be visiting the bookfinder at Simply Charlotte Mason. I’ll be careful to choose titles that sound boyish…..well, at least until Little Bear gets just a bit bigger.
I welcome suggestions. What are your favorite books and/or authors??