July 14th, 2010
My 9-year-old granddaughter is having a good reading summer! She’s already finished a couple of books on her list for school. She’s also discovered some series that she loves—The Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries books are her top favorites. I’m thrilled that she is discovering the pleasure of reading more than ever before.
I haven’t read any current books for 9-year-olds, but it seems like Angelina’s favorites help kids to laugh at their not-so-perfect lives. Learning to laugh at yourself is a good life skill. I’m not sure I had that ability at 9. But I am remembering with joy some of the books I curled up with at that age…
Beverly Cleary books have stood the test of time. They are still on reading lists. The Betsy-Tacy books were very cozy and Midwestern—truly nostalgia item these days. Nancy Drew is still around, but completely updated. I don’t think Trixie and the Dana Girls have crossed the generations, but I’ll always have a warm spot in my heart for girl heroes investigating clues in winding staircases!
Who warmed your heart when you were “summer reading?”