What my kids are reading #2

It’s been almost a year since I posted about what my kids are reading – how did that happen? Here are the books they are currently spending time with:


Natalie – age 14: A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn


Noah – age 12: Dragons in Our Midst: Raising Dragons, Book 1 by Bryan Davis


Jonathan – age 11: The Journal of Curious Letters: The 13th Reality, Book 1 by James Dashner


Josiah – age 9: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

The only one of these books I’ve read is the last one, which is excellent. Josiah had been reading through the Boxcar Children series, but got tired of those and wanted something different. He seems to be enjoying his choice. Josiah and Jonathan both tend to be more reluctant readers, so I’m always pleased when they find a book that makes them enjoy quiet reading time, instead of dreading it.

Jonathan recently finished the latest in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, so I requested several books from the library that I thought might appeal to him. This seems to be the best way to go with him – to simply take him to the library presents way too many choices, and he ends up overwhelmed or coming home with something he didn’t really want to read. I was surprised, but pleased, that he chose the 13th Reality book, as it was the longest of the selections I presented to him. He is about 1/3 of the way through, and after reading time on Thursday, said, “Mom, I really like this book.” This is high praise, indeed.

Noah has been steadily making his way through the Warriors series, and is taking a short break to read Raising Dragons, which a good friend recommended to him.

Natalie is always reading several books at once – this is the one she most recently finished, I believe.

What are your kids reading?

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18 Responses to What my kids are reading #2

  1. Kailana says:

    The only one I have read is the Brian Selznick, but it was on a whim back when it first came out and I am very glad I did! The other three look good, too. I thought I saw somewhere that Alex Flinn’s Beastly was being made into a movie. I haven’t read it yet, but I have wanted to for a while.
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    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kelly- Natalie and I both read Beastly and loved it – we are very excited for the movie! I think it comes out this spring sometime.

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    My son is a reluctant reader and has a tough time sitting and reading anything. He is thinking of starting Havoc by Chris Wooding (he loved Malice). My daughter is waist-deep in homework these days, but is trying to finish Matched.
    Sandy´s last post ..Sunday Salon- Literary Mood Swings

  3. Suey
    Twitter: sueysays
    says:

    My kids are reading Room (for the 16 year old) and The Romeo and Juliet Code (for the nearly 12 year old.) My husband is reading (and appears to be devouring which is unusual for him) The Ask and the Answer. I don’t think my 19 year old college kid is reading anything for pleasure at the moment. :(
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    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sue – Room is fantastic! I didn’t think of adding what my husband is reading – he’s in the middle of Catching Fire right now. :)

  4. Megan says:

    Love seeing The 13th Reality on this list. I adored that book and I really need to read more in the series.

  5. Sheila says:

    Hi Carrie: I haven’t visited your blog for a long time. Sorry. My boys are now 5 and 7. My 5 year old likes Nate the Great and Martin Bridge. My 7 year old likes Boxcar Children and Hank the Cowdog. They both love audio books and they’ve listened to Half Magic, The Saturdays and the Humphrey (hamster) series lately.
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    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sheila – nice to hear from you! We LOVED Hank the Cowdog on audio when my kids were younger – we used to listen to them when we drove around town doing errands. :)

  6. carol
    Twitter: carolsnotebook
    says:

    I’ll have to mention Dragons in our Midst to my daughter, who’s 11. She’s a Warriors fan too (am I the only one who gets tired of hearing about the cats?) and a major fan of dragons. Right now, in addition to whatever Warrior book she’s in the middle of, she’s reading The Sight by David Clement-Davies and we’ve been reading Leaping Beauty by Gregory Maguire in the evenings the past two days.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Carol – Oh, I know what you mean about the Warriors cats – I’ve heard more about them than I ever wanted to know!

  7. Kathleen says:

    It is wonderful that you are raising readers! My son has been reading a book for his Bible class at school called The Reason for God. I think the next book he has for English is To Kill a Mockingbird.
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  8. JWilliams says:

    I just stumbled on this site. Thought I would add what we are reading here. My son (10) is reading the final Harry Potter Book. He loves the series (but is not fanatical about them) and has read The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them while reading The Deathly Hallows. My daughter (8) has never been as big on reading (on her own) as my son, and has just recently gotten into the Ivy and Bean books. She sat down and read one in an hour which I think surprised her that she was able to do that! Then she read four more over the next week! I have always read out loud to my kids and they have been really into the Hardy Boys recently… after 12 of them I am glad we are taking a break!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      JWilliams – isn’t it great when your child finds an author or series that then enjoy? This happened for my son when he started the Warriors series.

      • JWilliams says:

        Wow! Guess I should check the year next time I leave a comment. LOL!

        • CarrieK
          Twitter: booksandmovies
          says:

          JWilliams – no problem – I like getting comments on older posts. Plus, it reminds me that I haven’t done one of these kinds of posts in a while – should probably do one soon!

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