After posting about my reading in 2012 I asked my eldest daughter, who is in 3rd class and 9 years of age, what she read this year. She did not look up from her book and turned a page. She clearly had no interest in telling me and I did get a “there’s 100s, I can’t remember” before managing to get her talking. Tellingly, the ‘reading log’ above has 42 books listed neatly but the last entry was in March. She clearly has better things to do than write down book lists for school. Actually, Lucy also has a book blog too but she never writes in it. I asked, well, just tell me about your favourites, and she relented a little. Her responses are very interesting, well, they are to me and perhaps to some primary school teachers, librarians and parents (and hopefully you).
Here’s her list of her favs for 2012 with some brief comments:
- The Skullduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy – ‘…they are really funny and gripping…there’s magic and they are gory…”
- The ‘My Story’ and ‘My Royal Story’ series – “…I like historical fiction…they are sad and true…”
- The Hobbit – …”I like how it is written and the settings…”
- All Andy Griffiths and Jacki French books
- The Floods by Colin Thompson – “…so kooky and funny…”
- The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling – “I don’t know why but I really liked these stories…”
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis – (Miss 9 read this aloud to Miss 6).
- Morris Gleitzman’s “Once” and “Then” – “…they were really sad and made Mum cry…”
- All Jacqueline Wilson‘s books, especially the Hetty Feather series – “…because they are sad and the characters are really very good…”
- Percy Jackson and The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books
I asked her some more questions before she escaped:
- Do you ever notice if the author is male or female? “No, I just care about if the books are good. It is probably 50-50.”
- Do you like using the kindle? “Yes, it’s good how so many books are on one little device. When I have nothing to read I search the hundreds of books on the kindle.”
- She did not mention JK Rowling, so I asked. She said, “no, I am sick of them!” Lucy has re-read all the Harry Potter books for the second time this year too.
- What do you want to read next? “I am planning to read The Hunger Games but Mum won’t let me.”
What are your kids reading?