I've been an avid reader since childhood. I love the way a good book brings characters to life and draws me in to whatever new adventure is developing. I had many favorites growing up. I remember loving the Babysitter's Club, Little House on the Prairie books, Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, Jane Eyre, Little Women and many more. I had always hoped that my children would love to read as much as I do. Even now I still enjoy some YA once in awhile (Twilight, Hunger Games, Divergent, Matched and Beautiful Creatures)... don't judge. ;-)
For the most part Nate loves to read and I don't often have a hard time getting him to do so but he also can get sucked into tv/video games/etc. So sometimes I need to encourage him to get back into reading. One thing I like to do once in awhile is have him read a book that has been turned into a movie. Sometimes I'll show Nate the trailer for the movie beforehand to get his interest perked up. Then the reward after reading the book is a movie night. We like to discuss the differences between the book and the movie. One of the things I like about doing this is that it gets Nate to branch out from the books he typically reads and gets him to try books/genres that he might normally have overlooked.
Here are a few of our faves:
Indian in the Cupboard
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Bridge to Terabithia
The Chronicles of Narnia
There really are tons more out there. Here is a list of great kids books on the big screen. Let me know what books/movies you and your family love!
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
George R.R. Martin,
A Dance With Dragons
“But, how do you know if an ending is truly good for the characters unless you've traveled with them through every page?”
Midnight in Austenland