At some point every day over the holidays, the boys could be found lying around in comfortable places with their minds caught up in good books. Today I thought I'd share a few titles that Noah and Will really enjoyed these past couple of weeks, because several people have mentioned recently that they really appreciate the children's book recommendations feature here on Pocketfuls. I have not read any of the books listed below myself, so I'm basing these recommendations on the bit of research I've done on each one, and the enthusiastic testimonials of an 11 year old and an almost-9 year old. :) (Simply click on the book titles to read more information about the stories contained within.)
Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A.J. Hartley
Brotherband Chronicles -- Book 1: The Outcasts by John Flanagan
Ungifted by Gordon Korman
How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel by Cressida Cowell
I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (*This book and the two others that follow it in the series are more suited to mature readers due to their content.)
I am at the point now as a parent where it is physically impossible for me to keep up with reading all of the books my two boys are reading to know what they are about, but it is still very important to me that the content of the books they're choosing is appropriate for their ages (even though they may both possess the skills required to read books intended for more mature audiences). If you haven't heard of it before, I highly recommend the common sense media site. On it you can find useful information about and reviews on a wide variety of books, movies, tv shows, websites, games, and music, along with age recommendations, so that you can make informed media choices for your family. The site has been useful to us in finding new options when we've run out of books to read, too!
Due to popular demand, I plan on writing A bookworm's breakfast posts a little more often again in 2013 to help others who are looking for good book recommendations for their children. I hope you'll tell us what your children read and enjoy, too, in the comments section below. Got any other ideas for posts you'd like to see on Pocketfuls? I'd love to hear your suggestions! Leave me a comment or send me an email message at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to accommodate your requests.
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