My son (almost 5) is well into early chapter books now. With my baby girl’s arrival and my subsequent absence from the blogosphere (as compared to my posting habits before her birth), I haven’t posted on his reading as frequently as it deserves. I feel like his reading skills improve from week to week!
Back in March, I posted about the early readers he was enjoying, including Fly Guy series by Tedd Arnold and P.J. Funnybunny books by Marilyn Sadler. Now, just six months later, I feel we’ve skipped into an entirely new category. Here are some of the early chapter books he currently enjoys.
In addition to books mentioned in other posts, one main series that Raisin has been enjoying in the past few months is the Young Cam Jansen series by David Adler. I had seen the Cam Jansen series before, but they were too far above my son’s level, mostly because they had too much text and too few pictures. The Young Cam Jansen stories provide the extra pictures that my young son needed with similar characteristic mysteries as the older books. My son enjoys “solving” mysteries with Cam, the girl with the photographic memory.
He has dabbled in some other series, but none of them have captured his attention quite as much as this has. Right now, he’s picked up some more challenging chapter books: a book from a series called the Pee Wee Scouts, a Mercy Watson book, and a Nate the Great book. I’ll get back to you on those!
The challenge for me is that he is not yet five years old, and many of the chapter books I see on the shelves had kids speaking rudely to each other or teachers (Dan Guttman books, Junie B. Jones). I’m hoping we can hold out on the “attitude talk” a little bit longer.
I am constantly in awe of the pace at which he is blossoming into a reader. Sometimes I wonder if he’s comprehending the stories, but then he’ll retell the story to me a few days after he’s read it, so I know he is. It’s fun to see him enjoying reading so much, and I look forward to seeing where his reading will take him next.
And as I say that, I’ll simply add that I’m also eager to restart the board books/picture books stage with my dear daughter (now 7 months!). She’s finally interested in everything I show her!