Over Easter break, I took The Complete Tales Of Winnie The Pooh book along with us, hoping the finish up the last 4 chapters. Each evening I found myself dreading the reading of the book. For such a great book, I feel really bad saying such a thing. It is a good book, one I personally have enjoyed reading. However, it is one my kids have not gotten into, as much as I have tried.
Monday night after returning from our trip, I dropped the book from our reading routine, leaving only the last two books to read. No only did the whining decrease, we were able to read two or three Bible stories, as they tied together, and still make it to bed relatively close to their actual bed time.
When I first contemplated making that decision I felt guilty, as if I had done something wrong as a mother. What did I miss instilling in my kids that they would not love a book everyone else raved about? How would they ever grow up to live a balanced life if they never heard the end of the book? Then reality hit and I realized what I was doing. I was trying to make what worked for someone else fit out lives. Yes, even now I often have to remind myself that what works for someone else will not necessarily work for us. That is true even if it works for MOST other people MOST of the time.
I am glad I persevered through several chapters, making sure it was not just a new routine they had to become accustomed to experiencing. It is time though to change books and find one they really will enjoy. After all, that is the point of the chapter book in our reading together, to learn to love reading.
Here are some book ideas I am going to try next (all of which I have at home currently):
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Indian In The Cupboard
The Wind in The Willows
Update: We started going through The Chronicles of Narnia. These may be a bit advanced for the kids (we are working on the “seeing” the stories in their heads) so we are taking it a few pages at a time and start with a review of what has been happening in the story.
What have been some of your favorite chapter books to begin reading to your kids?