One thing I’m really proud of would be that the kids have taken after me when it comes to reading. I believe I was born with a book in my hands; I can’t remember a time when I did not like to read. I can remember receiving books for Christmas back when I was younger than Abby and Halle are now. Reading is important to me. I think reading is a very important thing to pass on to kids of any age. When I took my college test I was told I scored the highest I could have possibly received on my entrance exam. They were impressed enough by my entrance exam scores to point it out to me and the one question they asked me was how often do you read. My answer was that I read continuously, almost compulsively. If there is something in front of me, I read it. I’ve had to quit following along with our preacher when he reads the scriptures because I can’t stop reading when he does. I will read through the entire sermon and have been horrified on many occasions to hear him say it was time to be dismissed. I’d missed everything he preached on because I could not stop reading the Bible. Sorry, Bro. Keith :).
If someone were to ask me when they should start reading to their child, I would tell them the minute they conceive. I read out loud to my kids from conception on. When they were born, reading out loud was a habit and I fell easily into the role of reading to them on a daily basis. When my children reached the age of reading themselves, reading was so natural to them that they read. And read, and read some more. This helped them in school and in college. All three of my kids went to college and I truly believe that reading helped them reach their goals in life. It’s that important. Now, I read to my grandkids and I’m happy to report that so do my children and their spouses.
Abby and Halle are not old enough to read to themselves yet, but the rest of my grands are. In this day and age, by six years old children should be able to read to themselves and out loud. The books I recently received to review by Maggie Lyons are for children ages six-eleven. I have three grandchildren that fall into this age range. When I received my books to review, two of my reading age grandchildren were here along with Abby who is starting Kindergarten this year. Alyssa and Tyler both picked up the books I had set out (to entice them), and started reading. While Tyler found a corner to himself, Alyssa began reading to Abby. Usually, Tyler assumes the role of reading out loud but not always and Alyssa picks up on that and assumes the role herself. Reading is that natural to them.
The two books I received are titled Vin and the Dorky Duet and Dewi and the Seeds of Doom. I already knew when I set them out that the books are fast-paced, humorous, adventure stories for children ages six through eleven. I didn’t mention anything about the books, just seeing them was enough to spark their interest. The front covers are very cute and charming and it was enough to make the kids interested in the books.
A little about the books:
I think Maggie Lyons did a great job writing these books and holding the interest of my grandkids. They were interested enough in the plots to keep reading the books. There were a couple of words that were unfamiliar to Alyssa but overall, she could read the book she selected (Dewi and the Seeds of Doom) without my help. Tyler selected Vin and the Dorky Duet and he did not have to ask me to help him with the spelling in his book. The kids loved the books and judging from their reactions and interest to the books, I think these books will be a hit for any kids ages six to eleven.