As if we don't go to the library often enough anyway, we've been making two or three trips every week for the last month as part of the summer reading program.
No problem, though: not only do we get to see Mimi, the boys adore the other ladies working there, too.
And then all that picture stamping and prize-getting was fun too.
Alan and I read 30 books together, including: Where the Wild Things Are, a few of the Little House picture books (he loves those!), Monkey and the Engineer, Before You Were Mine, and approximately 20-some-odd more.
Dale went on the track for older elementary kids and read by the page instead of by the book. And... uh... well... in the end he came out reading more pages than anyone! (One thousand, seven hundred, and ninety-two.)
Back in the late spring / early summer, before the reading program even started, he blew through Beverly Cleary's Henry Huggins series. Then it was the Ramona books, which he finished after the program started. Now he is about halfway through the Little House books. And no, I don't mean the picture books. I'm talking the inch thick On the Banks of Plum Creek and all those.
And here is where I need your help... he's going to be 7 next month. Just because his reading level may be advanced for his age, his maturity level is right on target.
I'd like to stick with as rich reading as he can handle, and not fill him up on "twaddle" just because he's hungry. But with the mismatch between his reading level and his age level, that is becoming quite a challenge. He has already read quite a few of The Boxcar Children. Our library has The Sugar Creek Gang, which I plan to start him on next.
Do you have book suggestions for a soon-to-be seven year old who is about to read us out of house and library?