Here in France, most elementary school children don’t have school on Wednesdays*. They have a four-day week (four looong days) but Wednesdays are our little “mini weekend”, when the girls and I get to hang out and do activities and errands and just spend time together. Even though it can get busy with all that we try to cram into one day, I love Wednesdays.
Anyway, because the girls and I were home today, my oldest daughter was reading as usual. She finished a book that she really enjoyed and, as I’ve heard so many times in the past few years, she said, “Mom, you’ve got to read this!” I love how enthusiastic she gets but I have to be honest and say that I rarely find the time to read the books that she recommends to me, and I realized that I need to correct this. So I told her that next Wednesday it’s going to be an official Mother-Daughter Reading Day. The rules are that I have to read any book that she wants me to and vice-versa.
So now I’m trying to think of what book I should get her to read. Her favorites are the Harry Potter books, but she also loves Erin Hunter’s Warriors series and really any kind of mystery/adventure stories for kids. She’ll be 10 in December and has a good reading level but is still very much a little girl, so nothing too “mature”.
Any suggestions? I’d really appreciate ideas. I’d like to get her to read something that she wouldn’t necessarily pick up on her own but that will just rock her world.
*This will unfortunately change next year as the government has voted to extend the four and a half day week to all schools (elementary, middle and high school). Some schools have already made the switch this year, but everyone has to in 2014.