To kids, summer means F-U-N and freedom from school. Look no farther, if you want some FUN chapter books the whole family can enjoy this summer. (listening level, ages 6 and up. Reading level, ages 8 and up).
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm were our family's two favorites from the series, written by Betty MacDonald. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is a small lady, the widow of a pirate. She lives in an upside-down house (always filled with the scent of freshly baked cookies) in a lively neighborhood inhabited mostly by children who have bad habits. She happens to have a storehouse of highly amusing "cures" for common childhood diseases including the Won't-Pick-Up-Toys cure, the Answer-Backer cure, the Never-Want-to-Go-to-Bedders cure, the Slow-Eater-Tiny-Bite-Taker cure, and several others. These books have been around for over 50 years, but Betty MacDonald's genius parenting concept of natural, logical consequences for misbehavior, was ahead of it's time!
MORE CHAPTER BOOKS WITH FUN CHARACTERS:
The Mouse and the Motorcycle books, by Beverly Cleary.
Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgen. (Read my previous post HERE)
Paddington Bear books, by Michael Bond. (Click HERE for a list of all the books on the P.B. website)
Purpose of this Blog...
My original intent in creating this blog was to provide a resource (and some encouragement) for new moms and dads who want to spend time reading aloud to their children, but may not know where to begin. But it's really also for any adults (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, Godparents, teachers etc.) who have children/teens in their lives and want to help them foster a lifelong relationship with books. You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls...my goal is to help you find the ones that do! (Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)