It’s May and guess what, this is not a dream we are still in lockdown. But as terrible as that sounds, there is some good in it if we look. I know many of us have little ones at home and home schooling can be, well hard. When I was in Prep school my mother used to sit with me every evening and do an hour of revision. I hated it my mother was a terrible teacher, so trust me I know how hard this some schooling can be for both parties. I compiled a list for kids this month and I hope you guys enjoy.
I think one of the most amazing habits you can start in a child from and early age is reading. I grew up seeing my mother reading constantly and because of that I too became a reader. As readers it’s important to show your kids that you do read, buy them books and encourage them to read with you.
Chicken Soup for the Kids Soul – Who remembers this series, I used to read these when I was young. I loved them, they were stories that inspired me and made me feel like I was never too small to do amazing things. I’m happy to know they are still around and you should definitely pick up a copy for your little one. They have them for kids, teenagers and in-betweeners. they even have young adults.
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid – This series is one of my nephews favorites. An old friend told me about it because he had gotten it for his son and in return I got it for my nephew. It’s written by Jeff Kinney, this book is a series, and it follows the story of a young boy by the name of Greg and his family. The stories are his journal entries, very good book and it will prepare your young reader for life’s complexities, through a very unique story telling technique.
Harry Potter By J.K. Rawling – A Classic to any reading list really. We can’t leave out a classic like this, even at the tender age of 12, which is how old I think I was when I first read it. It is easy to follow for kids, and paints a vivid interesting story that brings you in. Harry Potter was so expertly written, that when it was turned into a movie IT WAS STILL GOOD!!!!! Flawless honestly. Of course if you didn’t know its the story of a young boy whose parents dies and he is left in the care of his aunt and uncle. One night some man from a special school for Wizards comes to get him and well we all know the rest.
The Baby Sitters Club by Ann M Martin – Yes you can still get these books, I suggest getting them for your 11 to 14 year olds. A more advanced reader would appreciate this pick. I loved these series, if I remember correctly it’s about a group of teenage girls who do baby sitting on the side and I think the rest is pretty obvious. It’s high school.
Alice In Wonderland – a complex classic, this is my favorite book to date, I’ve read this book three times in three different phases of my life and it might honestly be time to read it again. I read it as a young girl, a teenager and again in my twenties. Every single time I find out something new I hadn’t realized before. I still do not know of Alice is a dreamland, or a real place but for sure her reality is altered. So many interesting characters gives this timeless classic its flavor and there are many lessons a young reader can get from a book like this.
I Love My Hair – By Natasha Anastasia Tarpley. This is a best seller on Amazon and I support any book that teaches black girls to love themselves, because I do believe growing up we were at a disadvantage. Unconsciously our mothers cast their own insecurities upon us and some of us are still healing from the burden. It’s very important to make everyone feel beautiful, in a worldwide culture that has normalized the praising of more caucasian features. The closer you are to white, the more beautiful you are presumed to be. I could go on and on about this. This book is a must read, not just for little girls either. I definitely suggest letting your sons read this book, because little black boys should also know that black girls are just as beautiful as all the other girls.
The Upside of Falling by Alex Light, I have never read this but saw it floating about on Barns and Noble, its for young adults, late teens. I think 14 to 19 is a good range. It’s supposedly about a girl and a boy who pretend to be in a relationship. Did you watch that movie with Christina Milian and Nick Cannon in “Love Don’t Cost a Thing”. It’s pretty much the same set up, if you’ve never watched Love Don’t Cost a Thing, go watch it now. Add She’s All That and Never Been Kissed to your list also. You’re welcome.
Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman – This is the perfect beginners read for a very young reader. It was edited by Dr Seuss, HELLO!! THEE DOCTOR SEUSS!!! It’s the story of a baby bird who hatches while his mother is away and he goes on an adventure trying to find his mother.I don’t know about you but reading that just made me hella emotional.
I hope you guys likes my My may pics for your young readers, let’s not make reading something they used to do back in my day. lets keep it going.