5 Books That Every Parent Should Read with Their Kids

Star Trek and Star Wars Book Challenges are fascinating dive into some of our favorite universes, but just because you’re busy reading them doesn’t mean you can’t also enjoy sharing some (hopefully nerdy) reading time with your family. Reading with your child is one of the most important things you can do as a parent to promote literacy, cultivate a love of learning, and nurture bonding. Here are five tried and true books aimed at a wide range of age levels that are exceptional choices for parent-child read-aloud:

WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS BY SHEL SILVERSTEIN: This traditional collection of children’s poems is the ideal book to introduce children to the beautiful world of poetry. By combining profound stories with fanciful characters and humor, Silverstein has created a beloved masterpiece partnered with imaginative illustrations.

HARRY POTTER BY (Series) J.K. ROWLING: This venerable series of fantasy novels is a favorite with kids and adults alike, making it the perfect choice for a parent-child read-aloud. Although the books can look daunting at first glance, try not to let the high word count deter you. The entire series has won critical acclaim and garnered much commercial success by combining the fantasy world of witchcraft with a myriad of vulnerable coming of age themes.

WONDER BY R.J. PALACIO: Although not as high as the Harry Potter word count, Wonder still provides a challenging read for tween kids. This award-winning children’s novel follows the story of the precocious Auggie Pullman, a fifth-grade boy living with a disfigured face. Up until this school year, Auggie had been homeschooled due to his medical condition and the hardships it causes him. The heartwarming book centers around Auggie’s launch into a mainstream school and how he deals with the emotional and social stresses that come along with this transition.

READY PLAYER ONE BY ERNEST CLINE: This book has been hailed as a nerdy favorite, so if you want to share some of your nerdy childhood with your kids, then you should definitely take a look at “Ready Player One”. Set in 2044, this young adult novel will unite both kids and their parents as they explore a fantastical world together. “Ready Player One” appeals to science fiction fans as well as gamers and those just looking for a fast-paced adventure. This is an ideal book for the teenage age group.

CHARLOTTE’S WEB BY E.B. WHITE: This classic children’s novel has stood the test of time, as evidenced by its legions of fans from all generations. The beloved book uses a simple story in a farm setting to explore themes of death, innocence, and coming of age.

And additionally, though this might take some work, you can take it up a notch and write your own stories for your children. This is a great creative exercise and a great opportunity to see what you find valuable for children to learn. Just make sure to keep the word count reasonable for their age, which varies quite a bit. If your kid is around 8-10 years old, you can count that a story from 20,000 to 25,000 words. Be sure to use a word counter as you finish chapter after chapter, and have some friends ready for feedback.

An alternative to this, if both you and your child are particularly patient and creative, is to both work together to write a story (illustration books can be really fun with this ideas). This can be highly imaginative exercise for both you and your child.

All five of these books will spark your child’s imagination and provide the opportunity for you to bond with your child in both an educational and nurturing manner.

References:

http://www.writing-world.com/children/backes1.shtml

https://wordcounter.io

https://www.book2mykids.com/b2mk/Default.aspx?appname=Store&tabname=Home&

https://takelessons.com/blog/creative-writing-books-for-kids

 

Life & It’s Crossroads

Ever get to the point where your not to sure where you are going? 

Maybe I’m being impatient and wanting things to change for the better. Don’t get me wrong, I like where things are at and how my life is going so far. Given everything that has happen in the last two years. But sometimes I feel stuck in this loop that’s always repeating. 

I think that is one of the main reasons why I started this blog in the first place. Plus with podcasting again now, that adds another escape. I use to do a lot of paintings and/or drawing, but I find myself turned off by it. I think it was mostly cause by other people’s thoughts about my art. Or it became what the other person wanted, I got use to doing pictures for other people or changing my style because what I was painting bothered them.. I wasn’t doing it for me anymore… Infact I haven’t painted anything for myself in years. Maybe I should try and change that. I miss doing art shows and getting together with other artist and talking shop.

I know I started writing a book about a year and half ago. I think it only 25% done and I hit a wall. I have the idea where the book is going to go, as well as the subject matter. I mean it’s mostly stories from my life, it’s just shockingly hard to get down on paper. I think the problem I’m running into, is that I’m worried about people might think about it. Altho I’m at the point where I really don’t care anymore haha. Been judged on my past for so long, guess I got a little punchy. My history is what is it and I don’t regret one things at all.

When it is all said and done. I am happy, I have a job, a roof over my head and a wonderful girlfriend. Plus I have two health kids that cause grey hair and drive me up the wall at times hahaha.

The Dark Knight.. Gobble Gobble

We need your help! Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we need to
help save the turkeys from becoming dmner! By creating a disguise, you
might help your Turkey make it past Thanksgiving!

Your mission, if you choose to accept it… Think of a creative way to
disguise your feathered friend. You may use any materials you choose
to accomplish your task.

So this was my son’s homework for the…

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The Dark Knight.. Gobble Gobble

We need your help! Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we need to
help save the turkeys from becoming dmner! By creating a disguise, you
might help your Turkey make it past Thanksgiving!

Your mission, if you choose to accept it… Think of a creative way to
disguise your feathered friend. You may use any materials you choose
to accomplish your task.

So this was my son’s homework for the…

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The Dark Knight.. Gobble Gobble

We need your help! Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we need to
help save the turkeys from becoming dmner! By creating a disguise, you
might help your Turkey make it past Thanksgiving!

Your mission, if you choose to accept it… Think of a creative way to
disguise your feathered friend. You may use any materials you choose
to accomplish your task.

So this was my son’s homework for the weekend. After throwing ideas around for a few hours. We decided on Batman, second runner up was Deadpool.

I helped Jax with the outline and shading. As well with some of the cutting. Jax did the colors and glue.

Overall his Turkey Dark Knight came out really awesome! Not bad for having a pre-made turkey outline, just needed a few tweaks.

Birthday Time!

happy-birthdaywp-1471741963076.jpgI meant to post this earlier last month. But with work and some medical issues coming up. I almost forgot. I know I shared some of these pictures on Twitter and Facebook while everything was going on. Oh I should tell you I’m talking about my kids birthdays, haha sorry! Anywho, there was so much more going on and so many other cool pictures that I wanted to share with you all.

For Jackson’s 7th…

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Birthday Time!

happy-birthdaywp-1471741963076.jpgI meant to post this earlier last month. But with work and some medical issues coming up. I almost forgot. I know I shared some of these pictures on Twitter and Facebook while everything was going on. Oh I should tell you I’m talking about my kids birthdays, haha sorry! Anywho, there was so much more going on and so many other cool pictures that I wanted to share with you all.

For Jackson’s 7th…

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