Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Start Reading Early. There are Books for Everyone.

Good morning!  This post is part of the Teen Read Week Blog Tour!
Today we're talking about starting on books young.   Ahem *indoctrination* ahem.

I talked a lot about how much I was read to as a child.  I also listened to loads of audio books.  My library had a limit of 15 audio books at a time, and I frequently maxed out.  (Now I hit the 75 book limit more often.)

I think that reading books by the ton as soon as possible is one of the best things you can encourage a child to do.  My vocabulary had immensely benefited from books.  Reading for school is easier for me.  And I always have time left over on the reading section of my PSAT practice tests.
(I've also become and novelist and bookocholic, but my fellow teen writer support group tells me that's normal.)

All in all, books have given me a community, a dream, and a passion for words and characters.

Now I encourage you to go encourage a child.  One who might not have fallen in like with books yet.  One who doesn't belong to a family of bookworms.  One who is in danger of becoming afraid of squiggly black letters on white pages.  Give them a book.  Take them to a book store and give them a $20.  If they're too young to read, read to them.

I'll leave you with some book recommendations.  Some general ones, and some more specific.

Books every child should read:
Mrs. Piggy Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spears

Books for young-ish boys that don't love reading:
Rangers Apprentice by John Flanagan
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks

Books for young-ish girls:
Dealing with Dragons by Patrica C. Wrede
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Mara Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons by Barbara Cohen

And these are just the tip of the ice berg.  If you're looking for a more specific book, let me know what you're looking for and I'll poke

Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!

Emily Rachelle Writes--9:00 AM
Lily's Notes in the Margins--1:00 PM
The Ramblings of a Young Author--6:00 PM


  1. I've read and loved many of the books on your list, especially The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe :) Great post!

    1. It is a really wonderful book! Glad you liked it.

  2. I've only read a few of those, but some (specifically Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles) were my favorites.

    Good post! Reading as a child is magical.

    1. If you liked the Enchanted Forest, have you read Ella Enchanted? They're both really good, based on kind of the same idea.

  3. I'd like to point out that, really, anything by Andrew Clements totally fits your list :) I never read A Week in the Woods, but I read almost all his other books. He was my favorite author in elementary and middle school.

    1. This is very true. I had to pick just one, and A Week in the Woods is my favorite for boys, but I really love Things No Seen and my absolute fav. is School Story. It taught me a lot about publishing as a very young author.


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