Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Reading in the Car with Kids

We can spend a lot of time waiting in the car. We are a one car family and I am the driver. I spend more time in the car than anyone else in the family. And the kids spend almost just as much time as I do.

So what do I so with this time that we can spend waiting in parking lots, mainly waiting for Michael to get out of work?

I read. Not to myself, to the kids.

And we love it.

By taking advantage of this time it's no longer wasted by bored kids who are getting antsy just sitting and waiting. They become engaged.

I love getting to spend time reading with them, discovering new stories, rereading old ones, talking about what's going to happen or what we though was funny or sad or interesting.

In the last 6 months we have read:

                                                                 The BFG by Roald Dahl

    This was by far my favorite story we read. I did not read The BFG as a kid so I was able to dive right into the story and speculate right along with Sidda, MJ and Anya. It was full of imagination and adventure. There is also a movie coming out soon that we are all now excited to see.

    Allie Finkle's Rules for Girl: The New Girl by Meg Cabot


    This is book 2 in the Allie Finkle series. I read the first book to the kids a couple of years ago when I picked it up at our local library. 

                                              Spookesville: The Haunted Cave by Christopher Pike
    Spooksville was an old book that we found in a pile of books that I had in middle school. It's a simple mystery thriller for younger readers. I don't remember reading it when I was younger but enjoyed talking about the mystery with the kids.

    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White


    I think everyone should read Charlotte's Web. It is a wonderful tale of friendship and love. Getting to share in a classic tale with my kids is a lot of fun. And it brings back memories of watching the old Charlotte's Web movie from way back when.

    We are currently reading The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan.

    And it's so far, so fun! And it's a series that is 10 books long so it's a good start if we want to continue in the series when we are finished.

    We have also listened to audiobooks. Audiobooks are a great way for us to enjoy stories together but don't require me to read the whole time out loud. Because sometimes I just need a break.

    Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day by Meg Cabot

    Sideways Stories from Wayside Schools by Louis Sachar

    The Wayside School series is by far the family favorite when it comes to fun, silly stories. We have listened to it multiple times and always find ourselves laughing and joking about what we just heard.

    When you have to spend time waiting with kids, what do you do to keep them engaged? What are your favorite stories to share with your kids? Do you read to your kids?

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