Reading with Kids


The title is a bit misleading. Sorry about that. One of the entries for my Mother-Daughter Reading Challenge is to read a book that belongs to your parent/child. I have two children and will read a book from each. When they were babies I read to them. As they grew, I enjoyed reading books that was on their reading level. Children’s literature is one of my favorite genres so it was no issue. Now, I find myself mostly reading adult fiction. This challenge gave me an excuse to cruise the book shelves in their room.

This week I read the book my youngest child picked out, The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester.  I remember buying it for her as Christmas gift. Buying books for her is always a challenge. Not that shes picky. She’s the opposite,  a voracious reader. Not knowing if she has already read a book is my biggest challenge. I found The Girl Who Could Fly on the table in the center aisle at the bookstore. I liked the cover, picked it up and then read the back. It mentioned a girl with super powers. Perfect! Bought it on the spot. It goes along with her super hero obsession. She did love it.

Most of the books that I and my girls have read, I read first and then shared the book with them. This was the first time they had the chance to pick a book for me to read. It took them some time to decide which it would be. I will admit there were a few books I turned down, like anything by Charles Dickens. My youngest loves him, I hate him. But they enjoyed looking for a book they thought I would enjoy. They put time and thought into their selection.

As a parent I am involved in what they read. This flipped our relationship and let them choose. The interesting thing was they both picked out fantasy books. Yeah! Now, I am on to the book my oldest picked, A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. There’s a wonderful triple decker ice cream cone on the cover.

There are several other book on their shelves that I want to read. I have plenty of time left this summer.


Mother-Daughter 2016 Reading Challenge

Happy New Year! I hope all is well. We are about to rush out the door for the traditional Black-eyed pea and ham lunch. I’d save you some, but let’s be real. I’m eating it all!

This morning I was looking at a 2016 Reading Challenge that’s floating around the web when my children expressed an interest in participating. Unfortunately,  it wasn’t geared for young ones. So we made one up.


the Mother-Daughter 2016 Reading Challenge!

Why Mother-Daughter? I’m not being sexist. I’m the mother of two girls. It’s easily adaptable for boys as well. I’ll create a page in the tab section for easy access, for those that want to read along. I also need a badge. There are 31 listings. My girls have different speed reading skills and 31 seemed like an acceptable number. There are no rules. If you want to substitute go for it. If you want to use one book for different entries, I’m good with that.

On with the list:

Mother-Daughter 2016 Reading Challenge:

  • o a book based on a fairytale
    o a YA bestseller
    o a comic book
    o a book set in your state
    o a book set in Europe
    o a book that’s less than 150 pages
    o a book that’s been made into a movie or will be soon
    o a book you can finish in a day
    o a science-fiction novel
    o a book that takes place during summer
    o a mystery
    o a dystopian novel
    o a book of poetry
    o a book from the library
    o a book that takes place on an island
    o a book that makes  you happy
    o a book that belongs to your child/parent
    o a fantasy novel
    o a non-fiction book
    o a book recommended by a friend
    o a biography or autobiography
    o a book with a female protagonist
    o a book set during a holiday
    o a travel book
    o a disaster book
    o a book with a purple cover
    o a book with a number on the cover
  • 0 a book with a dragon
  • 0 a book with a blue cover
    o a book about a dog or cat
    o a Newberry book


Let me know in the comments if you want to read along with us.

Happy Reading,