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Smarter Mom: Great YA books I want my kid to read

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I am a reader. I could spend hours in a bookstore, just checking out all of the books, finding old novels I loved, spying new ones I want to tackle. Yup, I love to read. I do not read as much as I would like and these days, when I am reading, I'm reading to my kiddo. She's taking the first steps into the whole beautiful world of books. I've already thought about all of the young adult books (many that are series) I can't wait for her to read in a few years, ones I will happily re-read right along with her. A few that I'm chomping at the bit for her to love as much as I do? Here they are:

Summerland by Michael Chabon - A journey that follows Ethan Feld as he has to enter an alternate world to find his father and save everyone. The novel pairs fantasy and baseball...and is a perfect read for boys and girls alike.

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins - Totally hot right now, I love this series as it explores the issues of class, strength and family in the midst of a spectacular science-fiction world. Katniss Evergreen is a complex, compelling character for Kiddo to admire.

The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter - A spy school for girls is the main backdrop for these fun reads. Talk about strong girls role models-- these gals can speak a gazillion languages and break spy codes, all while dealing with typical middle school-high school issues.

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan -- Kiddo will learn about Greek gods and more when she delves into these novels with adventures that span all areas of the earth (as well as those areas beyond Earth). They are penned by the masterful storyteller Rick Riordan, and the cover art is by the awesome John Rocco.

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling -- Of course, I mean, I've mentioned my love for the series here often and I know my daughter will fall in love with the world and the characters as much as I did. J.K. Rowling explores life, death, good, evil, friendship, loyalty and yes, magic.

What favorite books do you want your kids to read? Have they tackled any of them yet -- and did they love them as much as you did?

© duaneellison

by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 7:09 PM
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 She's a voracious reader and has read most of these.

by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Twilight is good! I never got into Hunger Games

Quoting StrawberryCool:

None of those.

Never understood the ibession with harry potter hunger games or twlight

by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 8:53 PM

My girls (6 of them) get Harriet the Spy,Danny Champion of the World,Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Superfudge..Little Women,Heidi, Are You There God, It's Me Margaret,Ribsy and Ramona books...So far they have all liked them...(the 1st 4) now starting on the last 2... 

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by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:46 AM

My youngest was a reader & has read some of these,
He loved the Goosebump series :)

by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:15 AM

 My kids are just now learning to read so they are reading alot of dr. suess right now lol.

by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM

I have read the hunger games and harry potter books, and they were awesome.

by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 1:26 PM

my kids are still really young, but they love reading.

by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 9:04 AM

I really enjoy reading non-fiction books. I like to learn something from a book. I just hope my kids enjoy reading! 

by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 9:50 AM

No Twilight books

by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM
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I agree!!! Never squash a child's reading. Just because we don't like a book doesn't mean they won't. I read everything I can get my hands on. There's not much I won't read. My Nook is in my purse so I can read at anytime. I just wish my son developed my love of reading but he didnt.

Quoting Shopsha0911:

Anything to keep them interested in reading. Let them read everthing be it a comic book or a novel way beyond their years. As long as they are enjoying the book is all tha really matters.

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