As some of you may remember, I offered a summer reading incentive to my almost 10 year old son. He does not like to read.. hates it actually unless he can get his hand on the right kind of book. For example, he loves the Wimpy kid series. He reads lots of stuff for school, but never without complaining.
I reviewed the suggestions that I received from my original post and actually, kept some of them for myself. After reviewing several different library sites and asking friends, I do believe I have my list. Here it is:
Dog Friday, by Hilary McKay
The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick (2008 Caldecott Medal)
The Homework Machine, Dan Gutman
Lunch Money, by Andrew Clements
I also debated about Summerland, by Michael Chabon but in the end, decided against. It’s over 500 pages long and I don’t want to scare the kid away. I may read that one myself and then pass it on to him if I think it is something he may like.
My son is an actor, illustrator, inventor, entrepreneur, etc so all of these books were chosen with those characteristics in mind. Dog Friday just seemed like a good childhood pick…so we’ll start with that one. You know…just to get the ball rolling. I am hoping he picks up other books in between what I have chosen for him, but only time will tell.
If only I could get my own list together!