Well, we are almost half-way to our required 20 books for our local Summer Reading Program at the library. Gess has done this every year since she was about 2. Back then I read the books to her, of course, but the last 2 years I made her read all the books herself in order to get the credit for them. We found the early readers and other books that were simple for to read. The first year we did this I had to help her quite a bit, but she still had to attempt to read it. Last year we repeated a lot of the easy reader books and she read them by herself. So this year we are toughening it up. Some of these books take her more than one day to finish because she has to work so hard to read and they are much longer than before. Of course, sometimes she refuses to stop so she is able finish a longer book in one sitting if she is really into the story.
Here are the 9 books we have read so far.
1. Three Wise Old Women by Elizabeth Corbett
2. Bob and Otto by Robert Bruel
3. ZigZag by Robert San Souci
4. The Noisy Airplane Ride by Mike Downs
5. Yoko Writes Her Name by Rosemary Wells
6. Birds by Kevin Henkes
7. Maisy Goes to the Library by Lucy Cousins
Gess really loves this series by Lucy Cousins. Her favorite book last year was Maisy, Charley and the Wobbly Tooth which is a great book to get a child ready to visit the dentist.
8. My Day by Sindy McKay
This one is an Usborne book and is made for beginning readers. The mom reads one page and the other page has simple word phrases like sun, the door, a book, etc. for the child to read. Gess read both the mom and child side which is why we counted it.
9. So, What's it like to be a cat? by Karla Kuskin
We also get books that are too hard for her to read so that we can read to her as well. Her favorite book so far was Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner. It's about a Siamese cat who wishes he was a Chihuahua. It also comes with a CD so she can have it read to her whenever she wants.
We are enjoying our summer reading and after one more book she gets her first prize! I think today we will read Molly's Seasons by Ellen Kandoian to finish that 10.