Need Help Feeding a Book Worm

I pressured Bella to read for years, beginning when she was three, with the help of her Montessori preschool. We drilled her in letters, then sounds, then basic reading books.
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She learned the mechanics of reading soon after turning four. She could read simple little booklets with a few words a page. I ran around saying that she was a reader, so proud, except for one problem.
She hated reading.
Hated it with a passion, and eventually refused to have anything to do with it.
So I backed off. Turned off the pressure, and just let her be. I read to her every night from chapter books like the Rainbow Fairies, the Magic Tree House, and Ramona the Pest.
Then, finally, six months ago, she got bitten by the bug. Miraculously, she started to love to read on her own. And she started reading, and reading and reading.
She now devours a book a day, and often disappears into her room to lay on her bed and read. The other morning, she got into bed with me and we read our books quietly for close to an hour. It was one of those parenting moments I had imagined when I first felt her flutter in my belly.
My only problem now, if you can call it that, is how to feed her ever expanding appetite. She’s not quite ready for the classics I remember so well: a Wrinkle in Time, Harry Potter, or the Little Princess. But she’s reading books like the Magic Tree House and the Rainbow Fairies so fast that I think she may be ready for a little more. She’s a big fan of Ivy and Bean books, loves anything to do with magic, wizards, or dogs. She just had her first book cry with the children’s version of Marley and Me.
Any suggestions? I’d love some help to keep feeding her growing appetite.

14 Responses to Need Help Feeding a Book Worm

  1. >ANy of the Beverly Cleary books (Except "Forever" of course!)- Ramona, Ramona the Brave etc.
    Zia, and Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell.
    Julie of the Wolves, and My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George.
    The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis.
    I probably read most of those closer the the time I read A Wrinkle in Time, so she might be a little young for them still… I just remember them being my favorites, but definitely start with Beverly Cleary.
    Yeah Bella!

  2. >Aw. How awesome that she got bit by the bug. Sometimes you just have to let them be in order to become …

    I may be a little off age-wise, but I remember loving:
    A Dog called? named? Kitty

  3. >What about asking her teacher if they do the Scholastic book orders? They usually have awesome deals and they usually have books for all reading levels for a particular age group. Plus the teachers get stuff for the classroom based on the dollar amounts ordered by the parents.

  4. >I remember the "My Father's Dragon" series being a favorite of mine when I was pretty young. And there's always the Lloyd Alexander books. Those are the only ones I remember from being a young reader. I hope they're helpful!

  5. >Some of Noah's favorites are (and continue to be) Eleanor Estes (kinda like Beverly Clearly for a previous generation!) who wrote Ginger Pye and the Moffat books. Also Half-Magic and the other Edgar Eager books, which he liked more than the Edith Nesbit books they salute! I don't know why — I think the E. Nesbit books are just a little bit more English or something. He also liked the Sideways Stories books (I think they're hilarious). But even now in 7th grade, he loves to reread Beverly Cleary and Eleanore Estes — they're his comfort books. 🙂

  6. >We are LOVING the Humphrey series about a classroom hamster that goes home with different students on the weekend and learns about why some of the kids behave they way they do. Lots of helpful spirit, VERY clean stories…we ADORE them! (I as much as they!)

    Read them in order…it helps. 🙂

  7. >Here's a list of our favorites…

    All the Ramona books- there are tons and they are all great

    The Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker

    The Gooney Bird Greene series by Lois Lowry

    The Cobble Street Cousins series by Cynthia Rylant

    The Doll People series by Ann Martin

    Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

    Dessert First by Hallie Durand

  8. >I liked the Boxcar Children series. It was a little old fashioned but they had adventures. The Amelia Bedelia series was a fun read too. Have you gone down to the main branch of the library? I think they have books sorted by age/grade level that might help. Our libraries are really good and keep current with best sellers, etc. You can reserve the books online and have them sent to the closest branch to your house too. I do that all the time -it saves lots of time.

  9. >Good suggestions above! You just asked my favorite question to answer seriously!

    Fairy Realm series

    also Rainbow Fairies expand into other books like the weather fairies.

    Judy Moody

    Dear Dumb diaries

    Amelia Bedelia

    Baby Mouse

    Fashion Kitty

    I should probably stop there I could go on and on (did I tell you I am getting my degree in hopes of being a children's librarian some day?)

  10. >Not sure that these are all age appropriate, but some of them probably are, and the rest should be soon…

    Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume books, The Great Brain, Nancy Drew, Chronicles of Narnia and Anne of Greene Gables series.

    I also think the library would be a great resource, the librarian should be able to recommend books similar to ones she currently enjoys.

    How exciting that you now have an avid reader on your hands!! 🙂

  11. >O.K. Thought of some more… hope you're still reading these…
    Paddington Bear series. Pippi Longstocking, get her started on Little House on the Prairie and you'll keep her busy for a while. Roald Dahl – there're too many to name. The Borrowers.

  12. >I found a few more…

    I can't believe I forgot to mention The Pain and The Great One series by Judy Blume- they are just great!

    Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle by Jennifer Jacobson

    The Sugar Plum Ballerinas series by Whoppi Goldberg (yes… the same Whoppi and yes… they are well written!)

  13. >All of these are great suggestions, but my friend (and children's author) Esme Raji Codell is a never-ending source of great recommendations. A certified "readiologist, her personal collection includes more than 12,000 children's volumes. Lucky for us, she has a great blog about children's books called The PlanetEsme Plan: The Best New Childrens Books from Esme's Shelf.

    She also wrote a terrific book of recommendations called How to Get Your Child to Love Reading. Even though your daughter has already mastered that part, Esme's book is still a great reference tool. I also highly recommend her fiction for your daughter. Good luck.

    Chicago Moms Blog

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