“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” — Emilie Buchwald
Last night my children begged to stay awake a little longer. Just ten more minutes. They weren’t playing video games or watching a movie. They weren’t even building with their precious Legos. My boys (ages 8 and 7) were cozied up in my bed listening to chapter eight of The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. They wanted me to read just one more chapter. And seeing as how I learned the art of reading to children at the knee of my own mother, I know never to refuse a child that request.
One more chapter it was!
“Are You A Gifted Child Looking For Special Opportunities?”
When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear reader, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete. With their newfound friendship at stake, will they be able to pass the most important test of all?
Why I love this book:
- My boys bring the book to me throughout the day asking me to read–perhaps to get out of chores or homework, but still, I’m impressed.
- One chapter is never enough. They want me to read two or three or ten.
Why my children love this book:
- The book contains numerous built-in riddles, puzzles, clues, and codes that they get to solve right along with the characters.
- There is danger aplenty. My children love danger. Blame it on the Y chromosome.
See The Reading Rules for a few tips on how to train young kiddos to listen during story time.
Your turn. Reading any great books to your kids, grand kids, nieces or nephews?
About Ariel Lawhon
Ariel Lawhon is the co-founder of She Reads, novelist, blogger, storyteller, and life-long reader. She lives in Texas with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). Ariel believes that Story is the shortest distance to the human heart.