My kids and I love to read. Here are a few of 10 year old Zachary's favorite books and current reading material. These are actually fun to read with the whole family and reading with your kids is a great way to spend a lazy day. When reading is fun kids will want to do it and these books fit the bill of encouraging reading.
Zachary has been enjoying The Magic Tree House series for 2 or 3 years now.
He has over 20 of them (but isn't even close to completing the collection of over 60 books)! The Magic Tree House series is by Mary Pope Osbourne and is about two children, Jack and Annie, who go on adventures back in time after discovering a magic tree house full of books. These two are great role models for kids, with their brains and kindness. There are some factual events (history lessons!) and mythical exploration as well. New to me, there is also a kind of spin-off series by the author titled The Merlin Missions, beginning with Christmas in Camelot), so that older kids can continue their journey with Jack and Annie while still being challenged in reading.
He is also reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.
There are currently 5 books in the series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Roderick Rules, The Last Straw, Dog Days, The Ugly Truth, plus the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book which is a fun journal for kids. A 6th book in the series will be coming out in the fall of 2011: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is about middle-schooler Greg Heffley's. His mother buys and forces him to keep a diary- we get to enjoy his daily (and realistic pre-teen) life, from mean big brother Roderick to his annoying little brother Manny, bullies and other growing up challenges.
I'll be sharing the other kids' favorites soon. What are your kids reading?