Then I realized that I was buying them books that I would have liked to read at their age, and those weren't the books that they wanted to read. When I was a tween, I lived in a world of Nancy Drew, Anne Shirley, and the March sisters. And even though I have put both Little Women and Anne of Green Gables into their Summer Reading bins year after year, they don't usually read them. Chloe is the exception, and though they aren't her go-to books yet, I think she'll be a Jane Austen and L.M. Montgomery fan a few years down the road. She loved The Secret Garden, anyway, so I have hope.
Then one day Bria picked up a Rick Riordian novel and was hooked. Chloe leans toward the fantasy genre as well, and it seems every other girl in their groups of friends are the same. Fantasy is apparently where it's at! And it's always been my least favorite genre, so I guess I'm the one that's missed out.
I have finally realized that all children love to read, but some of them haven't found the right books yet. So if your child doesn't seem to like reading, keep trying. Eventually they'll fall in love with a book and won't be able to put it down. And that will be the greatest day ever.
So, without further ado, here are four awesome fantasy book series that got my tween girls to really love reading. (Also, I'm pretty sure that boys would enjoy at least the first two, and maybe even the others!)
1. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordian. Bria actually picked up The Kane Chronicles first, and enjoyed them, but when she found Percy Jackson she was completely hooked. I believe she calls herself a fangirl, actually. Chloe has also enjoyed this series very much. And though I haven't read them, I took my girls to see the movies as they have come out, and I must admit, it's a pretty cool story.
Update (3/20/2014): Luminescence has now been released. You can find my review HERE.
More great books for kids:
Our 2011 Summer Reading
Our 2012 Summer Reading
Book Club for Girls: Wonder by RJ Palacio
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