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9/20/11

see max run

max is a rough and tumble kind of guy. 
he always seems to gravitate toward dirt and trouble and a frenetic pace...it's one of his finer qualities. but something new has sneaked in along with his dirty little fingers and 10 layers of costumes on at one time...our guy has become a reader. real and true. it's as if a whole new world has opened up to him...he sees words and sentences to read everywhere he goes. he takes his time...he sounds them out...he's patient and eager. it's taken a while to get here...but it's the best thing in the world to watch. one minute he's down with the dog, rolling and barking...the next it's quiet and he's tucked away upstairs.
these kinds of things are the best parts of growing up. and it's even better experiencing it the second time around through max. watching confidence build him up bit by bit. my, oh, my.
so now we need whole new sets of books...chapter books and series and books that can take him away...books to sneak and read with a flashlight under sheets well after bedtime! any suggestions for a rough and tumble 7 year old reader?

29 comments:

  1. Ohh! I LOVED when Justice started to read. I was so, so, SO proud of him. Some of the series we read (and he LOVES) are the Magic Tree House, Goosebumps, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Star Wars chapter books! There's loads of other ones (The Guardians, Lemony Snicket, Shark Wars, Boxcar Children, Captain Underpants), but those are just the ones he prefers :)

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  2. Ah! And since he likes baseball so much check out Matt Christopher's line of sports books.

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  3. Isn't reading great? And isn't it even better when a kid naturally gravitates toward it? My nephew-in-law loves "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and "Captain Underpants." He's also a huge fan of Harry Potter. The later books might be a bit much for a 7 year old but I bet the first couple wouldn't be too tough!

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  4. yay books!! i remember loving sideways stories from wayside school and wayside school is falling down...and runaway ralph is still one of my favorites!

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  5. As a teacher, it's always hard to find a child's like mixed with the right reading level. I would say that Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid are a bit too much but Junie B. Jones, the BFG, Captain Underpants, and Cam Jansen are great for his level. You can always go to Scholastic.com and click on Book Wizard. It let's you choose his interests and mix it with his reading level. I'm guessing you should click on a DRA level anywhere from 6-12. That's standard 1st grade. Yeah for reading Max!!

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  6. So cute! Love that sweater.

    ♥ sécia
    www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

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  7. I love these! I work with special needs children so it's really cool to see this at all different ages. I LOVE that look of excitement and power when a kid realizes he just figured out what a word means. =]
    Looking at the comments, I think I mostly have the same recommendations... Magic Tree House, Junie B., Wayside Stories from Wayside School, Goosebumps (if he doesn't scare easily). I also recommend the Hardy Boys and the Boxcar Children. Max seems pretty well-rounded and like he wouldn't mind a story with a few years on it.

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  8. looks like you have a nice collection already started! wish i had some suggestions for you - i'm not very in touch with 7 yr olds these days :) i do remember loving the boxcar children when i was little.

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  9. http://www.thebrothersplad.com/

    I'd be into it if I was still a rough and tumble seven year old!!

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  10. this is so good! I remember when I fell in love with reading... :)

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  11. You totally took me back to when my kids learned ot read and it was one of the most amazing things to watch them master. A whole new world or worlds open up for them. My kiddos loved Dr. Suess books with all the silly words, love to hear them giggle when reading those.

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  12. good for him! i love seeing little boys who love reading. for my childrens lit class last semester, we read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and that was great. but actually, that may need to wait until he's 9 or 10ish. there's nothing wrong with it, but some of the language may be a little advanced for a 7 year old. so take that and tuck it away, but until then, happy reading :)

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  13. There is nothing better than a little reader : )
    LOVE this post. Fantastic in every way.

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  14. How exciting! Reading is such a wonderful hobby. It really can take you anywhere and the things you learn while reading can never be taken away from you. xo, rv

    http://aneclecticheap.blogspot.com/

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  15. definitely, astrid lindgren "mio, my son", "karlson on the roof" and " kalle blomquist". great books for big-little guys.

    happy reading time!

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  16. oh how I love to read. I'm glad you two read together. I think that is wonderful. :)

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  17. this is wonderful. i LOVE seeing children read, i think especially now that we live in the "digital age". keep encouraging him! :)

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  18. Some sugestions from good Ol' Europe:

    "Emil and the Detectives" by Erich Kästner
    "Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver" by Michael Ende
    "Pancakes for Findus" by Sven Nordqvist
    "Emil and the Great Escape" by Astrid Lindgren (Or the others mentioned above - esp. "Karlson on the Roof"!)
    (They're all well-loved Swedish or German children's books.)

    + "Operation Yellow Dragon" (Get a Clue) by Julian Press

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  19. I see it's been said. But I have to say The Magic Treehouse series is amazing. Each book the kids magical (imagine) going away to a far away land and getting into mischief or saving the day. When it's historical, it's the real deal and they learn facts along the way. E loves them. :)

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  20. I love this!! I wasn't much of a reader as a young kid and now as an adult I realized that I really missed out on a lot!
    One series however, that really caught my attention, was Hank the Cowdog. I'm not sure of the grade level but there was nothing more fun that two talking dogs looking for mischiff.

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  21. oh, this is so exciting. jonas is on the cusp of reading so i know what you are going through!

    we love the magic tree house series. we've tried some star wars books, but they are a little older i think. i can't wait to check out the above recommendations. and the scholastic is a great site and has lots of options. your school may even have the program so when you purchase books your school also gets books.

    good luck on your adventure with your little bookworm :)

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  22. I was beyond enchanted with fantasy stories as a child (still am). My faves were the Chronocles of Narnia. Maybe Max is too young for those yet but it's something to look forward too. :)

    xo, cortnie

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  23. we just discovered the magic tree house series and it has totally rocked our reading world!

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  24. Thought of one more!
    My Father's Dragon. We just finished it....a classic :)

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  25. I hope he never stops. Boys that read are the best. :)

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  26. Katie - totally unrelated to this post, but I just tried to add your button to my blog and it didn't work. I looked at your code and it seems you are missing the second half of the code - the website where the image is hosted is missing. Wanted to let you know!

    Love your blog!!

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  27. Awesome! I think my son is becoming quite the reader, too. He's still young yet- 5 years younger than Max, to be exact. The books I will always remember from my own childhood are Stuart Little and James and the Giant Peach. =)

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  28. how fabulous!!! reading was one of the best things about my childhood. i'm so glad max has found it.

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  29. The Adventures of Tin-Tin! And the movie's just around the corner, too. He'd love it.

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