"Books are a uniquely portable magic" says author Stephen King. My teen granddaughters have read most of Mr. King's books and this middle-school-bound boy will soon be too.
An academic achiever and gifted athlete, my oldest grandson is an easy-going kid who happily takes a book along wherever he goes. Visiting my family last month, they took Grandma to the local Mexican restaurant. Look at that smile...just a quick one before he got back to his latest Rick Riordan novel. At 11, he loves electronics too...but parental time limits or discipline can interfere. Oh how I remember being sent to my room as a kid...often in a huff or tears...but pretty soon I'd be lost in a book.
I take Grandma credit of course; spending hours reading to my grand kids even as babies. I love his focus here, hanging on my every word! I still give books as new baby gifts, read stories to the classrooms I work in and take turns reading a page with the twins as they practice expression and the rhythm of their voice. I recently joined a writing class that has us sharing our pieces orally....podium and mic included! Reading aloud is good for the soul.
|'Mystery Reader' when he was in First Grade|
Love the Share Chair
One of his favorite places is the library; especially now that school's out for the summer. He devoured this heavy, two handed coffee-table sized book; Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan, in 24 hours.I scoped out my local library and got my card so we'll be ready to browse when he comes to visit next month! Barns and Noble is another favorite place; they all choose this over Target or a Dollar Store when given a choice. Even without a purchase, they're excited to see new releases they can look forward to and displays of trending authors or genres to watch for.
The twins are fine with the 'kid's section' and the older girls can handle adult and young adult material....but this is the hardest age....almost 12. Ready for challenging and engaging stories; but not mature content. Luckily he enjoys history...especially those in photo-journo style.
Big brother using his time wisely at his brother and sister's games, and at their First Communion earlier this year. "Reading gives us someplace to go, when we have to stay where we are," says Mason Cooley.
I am so proud of the young man this kid is becoming. My wish for him is to always believe in his smart, sincere, kind and funny self; and that his sense of fairness and rightness will guide him along the educational pathways of school and life. Remember that books are a lighthouse in the dark, a window into ourselves, a doorway to the world and a cozy blanket for comfort. Love you, DB!
|And Fifth Grade is a wrap!|
Grandma credit well deserved! A fine looking young man you have there. Wishing you both great library (and B&N) adventures together next month!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Lisa. I miss him and can't wait to have him all to myself next month! And looking forward to library or bookstores rather than a ToysRUs!Delete
Great going Grandma! I'm trying to do the same thing with my little fellow. Your's looks like a fabulous guy. Reading is so important!!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Jennifer. He gets some much praise and attention when it comes to games and school acconplishment; I just wanted to say Bravo for loving to read! Thanks for reading and commenting.Delete
I'm always looking for a book series for our 6-year-old. Thanks for sharing your grandson's journey.ReplyDelete
Does he read the Baseball Mystery series by David Kelly? They are great; my 8 year old grandson is now reading them! The both started around 6...being read to at first; wanting to try reading a page now and then as their skills progressed. Bittersweet when they can finally read to themselves...'cause it means they're growing up! Thanks for commenting, Joyce.Delete
I love that they are so fond of books; books are friends who will never let you down.ReplyDelete
Absolutely, Paula! Thanks for reading and commenting.Delete
What a wonderful young man - love that he loves the library!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Sharon. I do too...Tracy took them to all the toddler/mommy and me story times and later; summer reading activities through the schools. My two loved the library as kids! I'm happy libraries are stll alive and healthy !Delete
I love that you have a reader and you encourage him so. He is reading many of the books my daughter loves - Percy Jackson is a FAVORITE.ReplyDelete
Thank you...great series, huh! Nothing like having favorite authors or genres to look forward to; building our life long love of reading!Delete
You are the best grandma! Sharing your love of books with your grandchildren is a gift they will always cherish -- as will you!ReplyDelete
Thank you, sweet Helene...our wonderful book lady! :) Their grandpa and mom and dad played a part of course....I'm just happy that books still trump kindles and games!Delete
My grands love to read too...I read to all of them when they were babies...reading is awesome, I still love to read myself and since retiring have more time to do that.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Renee. One of life's great pleasures! We all reward ourselves with a book or story at bedtime...nice that a simple book has withstood the test of time and holds so much power!!Delete
I can feel the Grandma pride in every word you type! Who could blame you. Having been both the Cat in the Hat and the Book Fair-ie this year you know how I feel about kids reading! Grandmas are a great influence and you have obviously done good!ReplyDelete
Oh how I love seeing your FB pictures in costume surrounded by books and happy kids! You are the BEST ambassador for reading ever! Keep up the good work, my friend! Thanks for commenting :)Delete
Most of my grands love reading bUT we are having trouble with the 11 year old. I'm going to try Ricky Riordan. I've recently started giving books as new baby gifts too. I think the library shelf theme is awesome for baby showers.ReplyDelete
Mine 'discovered' the joys of reading when his electronics were removed! And browsing libraries where no one says cost too much helps too! Hope your grandson likes Riordan. Thanks for commenting, Doreeen 😊Delete
This bokworm surrounded her son with books and more books, read to him for years, and...well, I guess he does read but he was always so restless that his pursuits are more physical. Still, I have this feeling that if he ever has children, he'll be surrounding them with books. If not, I will.ReplyDelete