March is one of my favorite months. The weather is starting to turn from cold, dreary winter to warming temps (with a few more cold, dreary days. Sigh.). My sister and niece would say that March ranks as one of my favorite months because it’s their birthday month! While all of this is wonderful, March is also National Reading Month! And you all know that reading is one of my favorite past times, hobby, relaxing activity, escape from the world, and all that.
Last year during National Reading Month I shared some of my favorite childhood books. This year, as I thought about how to recognize this special month, I decided to ask some of the special kids in my life about their favorite books. I love that these kids enjoy reading, or even listening to books (kudos to their parents and other adults in their lives for encouraging that enjoyment). Reading to kids is one of my favorite activities to do with my nieces, nephew, friends’ children and any other child willing to listen (along with dancing and hiking!). It warms my heart to see a child read a book.
Here are some suggestions from some amazing children who love to read:
Magic Tree House series (Mary Pope Osbourne), recommended by 7-year-old: This series takes readers along with Jack and Annie, a brother and sister who discover a magical tree house. They travel on adventures throughout the world and even some not in our world!
A to Z Mysteries (Ron Roy), recommended by an 8-year-old: This series is about three young children who solve crimes and mysteries. There are 26 books, one for each letter of the alphabet.
Dora & Friends series (various authors), recommended by a 4-year-old: The famous little explorer has many adventures with her friends.
Elephant and Piggie series (Mo Willems), recommended by a 5-year-old: This comic book style series is for early readers, following an elephant and pig through stories focused on friendship.
The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein), recommended by a 6-year-old: This popular parable tells the story of giving, loving, taking and friendship.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (Jeff Kinney), recommended by a 9-year-old: The series follows a middle-school student, Greg, through the funny, awkward stages of school, friendship and more.
The Day the Crayons Quit (Drew Daywalt), recommended by a 5-year-old: This cute book illustrates the day that the crayons decided to quit their job of coloring!
I Survived series (Lauren Tarshis), recommended by a 9-year-old: Each book focuses on a certain real-life disaster, such as tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and even Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, through the eyes of a child who survived.
Love You Forever (Robert Munsch), recommended by a 5-year-old: This beautiful, touching book follows a newborn baby and his mother as he grows into an adult and focuses on the unconditional bond between mother and child.
Junie B. Jones series (Barbara Park), recommended by an 8-year-old: This series follows spunky Junie as she begins kindergarten, then progresses into elementary school. Junie has many adventures and, of course, learns many lessons about friendship, family, responsibility, honesty and more. I love this series, especially when my niece tells me all about the book she’s reading!
Does your child, niece or nephew have a favorite book?
Don’t forget about borrowing books from your local library! It’s the perfect place to let a child and yourself wander among the shelves of books to find an adventure, romance, mystery or comedy to explore through the pages.