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I think part of that is genetics and part of that is the reading-heavy atmosphere they have grown up in. Our family friend visited earlier this year and told my kids he had never seen their mama without a book or reading device in her hands. I learned to read at a super young age and I haven’t looked back since. I can remember every book I’ve ever read. So many I’ve loved.
Must Read Books For Reading With Dad This Fall:
First of all, do you know Candlewick Press? I LOVE Candlewick Press, and not just because it’s an independent publisher based right in Somerville, Massachusetts – a place I know well. It’s because of the books they publish! And for more than 25 years! They publish outstanding children’s books for readers of all ages (including me) from award-winning authors and illustrators. Here are some: the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature emerita Kate DiCamillo, M. T. Anderson, Meg Medina, Jon Klassen, Laura Amy Schlitz, and the Judy Moody, Mercy Watson, and ’Ology series. And these favorite books: Guess How Much I Love You, Maisy, and Where’s Waldo? by Martin Handford. You can find out more about Candlewick Press here.
About a year ago, I wrote a post about getting kids excited to read. One of those tips was creating time with us. Cassidy works outside the home so his evening and weekend times with the kids are priceless. I love that they read together so much. When Cassidy made that commitment to reading time with the kids, it became a fun routine. That’s why it’s been easy to get them both excited about reading as they grow – it’s a special time they have with Cassidy.
Books to Read With Dad:
1 – Malamander. Ahh, this is cool and perfect for Scarlet! It’s a hardcover novel with black and white illustrations, perfect for kids aged 8-12. And in terms of kids’ books, this quirky, creepy fantasy – set in Eerie-on-Sea gives kids (and their parents, like dad) a colorful cast of characters in hot pursuit of a sea monster thought to convey a surprising gift. Who doesn’t love a fantastical mystery to kick off a trilogy set in the town of Eerie-on-Sea. And what of Malmander – that part-fish, part-human monster? Does its egg really makes dreams come true?
This is perfect for fans of the Lemony Snicket and Greenglass House series – like we are. We love that the plot and story are an attention-holding mix, that includes classic story elements, adventure, fantasy, mythological sea creatures, age-old feuds, and shadowy villains! Plus, it’s funny, which we love, and has age-appropriate creepy vibes without being scary! Oooh!
2 – Just Because. Do your kids have curious minds too? Mine do, and I do too! This fantastical bedtime book by Mac Barnett and Isabelle Arsenault is full of clever answers to bedtime-delaying questions, and they’re never what you expect. They’re also never “just because”, which is easily NOT a kids’ favorite answer to a question. Why is the ocean blue? What happened to the dinosaurs? This sweet storybook for dreamers is awesome for both kids and adults alike.
I think the father’s fantastical answers in the book, and the accompanying detailed illustrations, will encourage kids to use their imaginations. You can check out more about the book here.
3 – Where’s Waldo Double Trouble at the Museum. Oh, the utter fun with this hardcover, full color activity book. It’s perfect for kids aged 5-9, but I think we can all agree that it’s fun for all ages, especially for dad! We love this for long car rides, or for when Des says, “I’m bored!” We love non-digital activity books, and kids and parents can search for Waldo and the differences on each page spread together. Did you know that the first Waldo book was published in 1987?
We all know and love Waldo, an iconic figure, so we especially love that this new book features a twist on the classic Waldo books – in that the readers compare two scenes side-by-side to find the differences between them. Plus, there’s Waldo spotting! As always.