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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?

Š duaneellison

by on Jan. 30, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Oh, I love all of these!

Peter Pan


by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 3:49 PM

 the hunger games i love and hopefully she will too.. she did like the movie. the gallagher girls i will look into..  harry potter ehh.. not so much and summerland never heard of.. will look into too :)  thanks

by Kira on Feb. 3, 2013 at 5:00 PM

 both of my girls love books and "reading" lol

by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 7:12 PM

 What a great selection, my older read most of these books, also.  I, to love to read, but with work, kids and time I may take 2 take months to finish a book.  I, always, said if I had money like Paris Hilton, I would visit every library in the world and have a huge library in my house. 

by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Oh! don't forget the Nancy Drew series, great books.

by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM

 when she gets older I want her to read potter and the Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix

by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 2:35 PM

 We like: "So, you want to be a wizard" by Diane Duane, the Zanth series by Piers Anthony, Beautiful Creatures and the other 2 books in the series. DD was ready White Oleander until the bottom of page 70, it got blatently vulgar and now she will not read anymore of the book.

by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 4:55 PM

I have only read the HP series (from your list) and DH has read HG series. I like HP and in a way hope that my kids read it but don't really care as long as they read and arent in front of a computer all day

by on Feb. 4, 2013 at 11:16 PM

 Ds is reading the Little House on the Prairie books right now.  He really likes them.

by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:26 AM

I would love for them to read the Harry Potter books. I think they are very well written.

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