I didn’t keep a baby book for my boy. But most of his milestones have been archived in writing, documented in thousands of digital photos and pressed into my mind. Among my favorite is learning to read. I took a video that I still keep on my phone from his early days of reading alone. His baby robot reading voice rattles on during those three minutes, and behind the camera phone, I both smiling and sobbing.
He’s eight now a year-and-a-half into reading chapter books on his own now, but we still spend time each night before bed and some time before he takes off for weekends with his dad reading together. I know that all too soon, early-reader chapter books will give way to e-reader textbook and probably magazines I will never, ever as his mother need to know he “reads.” For now, though, I love sharing half-hour escapes with my son and a dapper-dressed mouse, a bulletin-board flattened boy, a lost dog, a monster that lives in the potty and a middle child with social anxiety disorder.
These characters and chapters have delivered conversations, inside jokes and made-up stories inspired by whatever it is we read the night before. I’ve loved many of these books as much, and sometimes more, than my second-grader. But maybe it is because I know the time we spend snuggled up with a Shel Silverstein poem or classic Cleary series is fleeting, the books we read aloud will move to the back of the book shelf or into taped-up boxes in the basement — and all too soon.
Here are ten books (some from a series worth make your way through) my boy has begged to read for just five minutes more, that have made us both laugh, with pages we’ve dog-eared many times. Of course, your daughters may love them, your kids who are older or younger may tear through them, too.
But if you want specifics, here are ten great books for boys aged 6-ish to 9-ish to read with you, the best of all we’ve read (so far).
What are your top picks of books to read with your son?
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