My oldest daughter, Bean, has taken a very long time to develop an interest in reading. This mainly stems from the fact that she was slow to gain reading confidence. Up until partway through 4th grade, graphic novels were the only books she would read without a fuss. She also hadn’t stumbled into the genre(s) that were sure to suck her in to staying up way too late reading on a school night. At her age, pretty much all I read was fantasy with a healthy dose of science fiction. Neither are genres Bean really enjoys, which I find mildly horrifying because how am I supposed to find books for her?!?!
It’s been an interesting road, but I’ve finally found out Bean’s favored genres: puzzle mysteries/adventures, historical/realistic fiction, and books involving children from other cultures. There is a little bit of fantasy mixed in, but it’s fairly selective – a Harry Potter fan, she is not.
Below are the books she received this past Christmas. She’s only read three so far. 1) Because I’ve had them in my computer room with the intention of taking a photo of them for this post, and 2) because she keeps getting distracted by other books.
Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Very tragic. I understood it, but it was hard to grasp the details because it was just so devistating. I liked that the characters were from different cultures. They all had different experiences when 9/11 happened.
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
It was okay. She’s a good author, but I didn’t really understand what was going on.
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertram
Iris and the Tiger by Leanne Hall
Rose and the Magician’s Mask by Holly Webb
This was the third book in the series. It started out strong, but then started to feel loose towards the end. I didn’t like what the author did to Mr. Fountain. The whole situation felt off.
Rose and the Silver Ghost by Holly Webb