3/17/14

Books for a seven-year-old


Finding books for Red Chief in the past year has been a bit of a challenge. He is comfortable reading chapter books now, but if I give him something too long, he loses interest. He prefers books that he can finish in one or two sittings. He loves humor, but despises anything crude, and that is a complicating factor, as it seems that so many books written for boys these days are quite crude.

In any case, here are some of our favorites.

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The A to Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy. Red Chief can read these books in one or two nights, and they keep his interest and have not offended him. I have read a few that he has recommended to me and while they're not great literature, I'm happy with him reading them. The only problem is that he has already read most of them (and there are a lot)!

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Calvin and Hobbes comics. He received one book for his last birthday, and recently saved up to buy another. I love hearing him giggle from his bedroom at night.

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Nonfiction books in subjects he's interested in. Right now he's interested in money, and he's read all the books on money from the children's section in our library. He also requests books on other topics such as computers, bees, and electricity. Reading a book on wasps helped him overcome his fear of them. 

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The Animal Book, published by the Smithsonian. We got this for Christmas and Red Chief ignored it until recently, but ever since he picked it up, I've been hearing a nonstop barrage of animal facts. The pictorial format makes it very engaging.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Red Chief is currently about halfway through this book, by far the longest he's tackled yet, and it's taking constant cheerleading to keep him at it. It's not too hard for him: I've had him read it out loud to me and he does just fine. I don't know why he has such a block about finishing longer books; he's abandoned several.

Perhaps you're wondering why I'm listing this as a favorite, since finishing is proving so hard for him? Red Chief has been talking and thinking Harry Potter ever since he started reading this book. He read a biography on J.K. Rowling. He wants to listen to the movie soundtrack all the time. He asks me questions and questions about occurrences in the book. I've let him sign up for Pottermore and he's allowed to play on the site in the chapters he's finished so far. I think it's safe to say he enjoys the book, even if its length is a little daunting to him. 

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George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl. Red Chief had a lot to say about this book when he read it, and I also enjoyed hearing him giggle periodically as he was reading it. One thing I love about Roald Dahl is that he can take a very strange idea (like poisoning your nasty old grandmother) and spin it into such a funny story. Red Chief has also enjoyed reading several of Roald Dahl's other books.

2 comments:

  1. When I was working at the elementary school, there were several titles of short story books that were about to thrown away. The other staff with kids and I took one of each title for our kids, and Annalise has had fun reading from them since. They are 2nd and 3rd grade levels. She's in first grade and does them with ease. I am so proud of her.

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  2. I am so happy that he is reading Harry Potter! I'll have to look through my books to jog my memory and see if I have any good suggestions for him.

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