I’ve always been an obsessive, stay-up-too-late, crush-on-favorite-characters type of reader. When I was little, I believed in Peter Pan. I knew — really knew — that he would come to my window. Throughout elementary school, at bedtime, I even made my parents call me “Wendy” (and my poor twin sister “John”). Books made magic almost real.
Now that I have my own kids, I want them to feel that thrill of reading, too. But while they like picture books, and enjoy sports non-fiction, they haven’t been as drawn to reading chapter books on their own.
Recently, I came across a graphic novel called Witches of Brooklyn, which features a 12-year-old girl who is forced to live with two aunts after her mother dies. At first, she plans to run away but then realizes that her aunts can do spells. I showed it to eight-year-old Anton, and from the first page, he was HOOKED. The book has funny dialogue, cool older women, diverse characters and little surprises. For example, Anton gasped when he turned a page to find a detailed floor plan of the aunt’s house (I remember loving that kind of thing when I was little, don’t you?).
What chapter books are the kids in your life into these days? I’m always grateful for recommendations!