Friends, I write today with a plea….
As a teacher of boys, and someone who spends over half her week teaching English, I am always seeking to have them read more and to have them enjoy their reading. I’m very lucky in that the age group I teach (8 to 10 year olds) are generally very keen and bright, but I am always looking for ways to push them on.
To this end, I am looking for some suggestions for good books for ‘little’ boys. Most of my boys read at their age or a fair way above, but of course some young adult stuff is simply too dark for them at the moment. This depends on the child, and the book, naturally. For example, I happily have my boys read Noughts and Crosses with parental involvement (racism, violence and bigotry need a lot of discussion and chat, I find). Robert Muchamore, however, I actively dislike…if they want to read him outside of school or when they are a little older, I’d never stop them, but I’d really like to not have them reading tales of drug running & kidnap with lots of swearing and violence when they are 8. You may disagree, and that’s cool, as ever, but I’d prefer them to be reading more age appropriate books!
So friends, which books would you recommend? We have a class library, so this is me calling for suggestions. A lot of my boys get very attached to series of books (Harry Potter, Warrior Cats, How To Train Your Dragon, Diary of a Wimpy Kid), so series are always welcome. So, too, are stand alones….I really want to up the range in what they are reading, so my suggestions so far include classics, tales from other cultures, and books from another world view. I’m also quite Charlotte Mason in my thinking – I’d prefer my boys to read good, hearty, fun books that might stretch them, rather than dumbed-down “twaddle” which plays to the lowest common denominator.
Wow. That became quite the ramble! Thank you in advance for your suggestions, lovelies!