Stuff on Sunday: What my kids are reading…


Regular visitors will be aware I am a mother of four children who I hope will enjoy reading as much as I do as they grow up. My husband doesn’t read at all – not even the newspaper – so  it’s up to me to set a good example. We go to the library every couple of weeks so they can choose what to read, they also bring home books from the school library.

Earlier this week Aleah, my nine year old daughter, contributed her first review to Book’d Out after reading Slave Girl by Alexa Moses so I thought today I would share what my children have been and are reading….

Simariah is sixteen and as such refuses to admit we have anything in common. She declares any reading as boring, excepting, of course, her Facebook feed and the millions of texts she exchanges with her boyfriend each day. She is currently in year 11 at high school and is at least compelled to read for English class. Right now she is reading The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, after earlier this year tackling The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Othello (translated into modern day English)


Aleah is nine and enjoyed reading as much as I do. Right now she is in the midst of two books, Alice-Miranda at School by Jacqueline Harvey and Fighting Fantasy: Howl of the Werewolf by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. She has just finished reading the Diary of a Would-be Princess series and the aforementioned Slave Girl


Makyah, who is eight, is currently reading the Ranger’s Apprentice series though he is only up to the second, The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan. Before that he was reading the Artemis Fowl series but gave up after the second book because he found them a bit too hard. His favourite books  are from the series of  Zac Power, and Captain Underpants which we are slowly collecting for him.

My youngest son, Jasiah, is just six and though he reads above grade level, he often insists on choosing books that are just a little too much for him so we made a deal. He reads one chapter on his own and then I read two chapters to him, and we continue that pattern til the end. Yesterday he picked up The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney, which is the first book in the Spook’s Apprentice series. He also bought home Spiderman: Worst Enemies which is something he can easily read on his own.


What are your kids reading?

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sonia
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 20:18:50

    I like the deal you’ve made with your youngest. My son is six and a half and we’ve just finished the first Harry Potter book. Needless to say there’s no turning back! He just loved it. We’re now reading Andy Griffith’s 26 storey treehouse. Very funny!



  2. Tanya Patrice
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 20:33:55

    I have one reader – 13 and one reluctant reader – 8, almost 9. The 12 year old is re-reading Harry Potter, and also Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell (?) for his independent reading (class). The younger one is reading Encyclopedia Brown (I forgot which one). I think I need to do a better job picking books that the younger one will be interested in – we also tend to alternate fiction & non-fiction.



  3. Kylie
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 20:39:40

    I have two readers that i blogged about recently here

    The 10 year old loves a variety of stuff including Ranger’s Apprentice, Deltora Quest and a series called The Divide. Miss 6, almost 7 is currently into Billie B. Brown and The Magi Faraway Tree.



  4. alexamoses
    Oct 14, 2012 @ 21:21:56

    Mine kids are still small: my 4-year-old son is loving hearing Tony Davis’ Roland the Knight series read aloud (the three books are Future Knight; Brand New Page; Roland at the Joust) as well as the easier Roald Dahl books. My 2-year-old son still loves Hairy McClary, anything Dr Seuss, Mem Fox but he’s also digging The Twits.



  5. laurelrainsnow
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 01:59:56

    I like that your children are readers…only two of my four enjoy reading, although I read to them and encouraged reading through their childhoods. Several of my grandchildren enjoy reading, though.

    Thanks for sharing. Here’s MY SUNDAY SALON POST



  6. Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 09:58:08

    My big kid (the husband) is a huge Michael Grant fan, and he’s recently been getting into Anthony Horowitz’s books. And Percy Jackson. 🙂



  7. Mardel
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 14:53:39

    I’ve been a reader all my life – I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know how to read, it all seemed to come so easy for me. My father was/is an avid reader, though it wasn’t until his heart surgery about six years ago that he became interested in reading (I started him on Tom Holt’s Little People. His first love is text books and science books. My mother also was always reading, for college and fiction. So I was surprised when my husband turned out to be a non-reader. He can read, but he doesn’t like to.

    I have very fond memories of my kids and I spending Saturday afternoons (when they weren’t playing with friends), or rainy days just sitting around with books. Admittedly, it was rare that we all were in the same room reading at the same time, but there were many shared reading experiences.

    Now that they’re grown, they are mostly too busy with life to read, though all of them do still read. Just not as much as they used to. Now my grandchildren- we have a bedtime reading ritual when they visit. We end up reading up to five books at bedtime. Love it. In fact, I bought the oldest (then she was four, now she’s five) a Junie B Jones book to take home. Her mom at first thought she was too young for it, but I said, no- just read one chapter a night, she’ll love it. So what happens? She started reading a chapter a night to Lili, and once when she was finished, her husband was laying there, and asked “what happens next?”. Soooo, they’ve now gone through all of the Junie B Jones Kindergarden series, and will start on the Junie B Jones 1st grade series. The new bedtime ritual is getting everyone ready for bed, and daughter and Daddy both get to listen to a chapter a night. It’s great and only gets interrupted when work schedules interfere.

    I think it’s great that your kids are getting into reading – and that they’re reading such involved books. All the books you’ve mentioned we have in the school library – some of them are in the “middlegrade section” (for our 6th through 8th graders). So kudos to your kids! And to you. 🙂



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