This post is part of the PTA Family Reading Challenge Blog Party Challenge series. View the full post on ChilL Mama.”
My family is full of avid readers and writers. I’ve read to my 2 kids daily from before birth to the tween and teen years. Of course they read on their own, too, but I believe you’re never too old to enjoy being read to. Even now, at ages 12 & 14, they love to snuggle up on the couch or in a hammock and hear a great chapter book, and I treasure this time too. It’s one of the few times we all turn off the cell phones & electronics and slow down long enough to really hang out together. In a few short years they’ll be off with their friends more, then off to college, but I know they’ll take a lifelong love of reading and stories with them. It’s one of the best gifts I can possibly give them.
Reading together as a family is a shared adventure and a chance to talk about characters and plots. My kids geek out on meeting authors and collect and treasure their signed books. Now that my kids are older we’re into middle grade and adult fantasy chapter books that the adults in our family are enjoying as much as the kids! It does my soul good to hear the kids beg for “just one more chapter”, over and over again as the plot thickens and the pages end in one cliff hanger after another.
Here are a few of our favorites to get you started. We highly recommend author Cornelia Funke for Igraine the Brave, the Inkheart series and the Reckless series. She has excellent books for young and middle grade readers through adults.
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Great Cornelia Funke picks for elementary readers:
My kids loved the book Igraine the Brave so much they named our dog for the protagonist. Igraine the Brave (AKA: Iggy Pup) is 4 now and embodies all the grrrrrrrl power awesomeness of Cornelia Funke’s unconventional heroine.