March 4, Tuesday evening -- Reading Geronimo Stilton

Waiting for the bus with her mom after a trip to the Mission District Branch of the Public Library.

Reading Paws off Cheddar Face!, by Geronimo Stilton, which she checked out. Or, actually, just looking at the pictures. She's just getting started.

Her favorite books of all time--A Series of Unfortunate Events, by Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket. Her second grade teacher started reading them to the class and her third grade teacher continued. But, for her, it's not fast enough. So she reads them at home at night. Sometimes her mom doesn't like her staying up so late. She's on book 10 and they're on book 9. She likes that it's a mystery and that it's scary.

In school they've also read The Indian in the Cupboard, by Lynne Reid Banks; books by Roald Dahl; Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White.

Soon she'll be reading about Hannah Montana and Ripley's Believe it or Not--The Rotary club is donating books to her school!

If she were to write her own book it would be a mystery on an island where diamonds are hidden in a secret place and people find them and give them to their friends.

What did you like to read in the third grade? I think I liked Roald Dahl, too!

35 Comments:

Anonymous said...

I like your blog. Reading it brought back memories, not only of the books I enjoyed as a child, but the discovery of books I'd never have known about if I hadn't had a child of my own! Thanks!

Elaine Watkins

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your blog! It is so wonderful to see reading being celebrated.

Santa Clara

bukku_otaku said...

I love your blog and I think it is a great idea! Keep it up!

(recommend, Dragonriders of Pern series)

Jazel said...

your blog is very creative. love the idea!

aliqot said...

What a great name for a kids' book.

I remember having books read aloud in class, and I was always trying to dash on ahead and turn the pages sneakily and find out what was happening.

Lemony Snicket happened just too late for my own kids, but my eldest grandchild will be four this year, so I may be introduced to the books yet.

Sukkim Lama said...

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Sukkim Lama
From Little country Nepal

Jenni said...

Cheddarface? That's just inspired!

This book is lovely, and I have a sudden urge to read "Which Witch?", a book my year five teacher started but never finished reading aloud to us!

Get Your Wish said...

What a nice blog! I like reading books. It's good to see many people spending their time by reading. Thx

seaglassthings said...

Fantastic blog! I used to be a huge reader growing up... Stephen King, John Saul etc. However, I can't remember what I read in the 3rd grade LOL! However, my older daughter now is a big reader and I am happy she spends more time enriching her life that way than sitting infront of the TV.

Anonymous said...

"A Wrinkle in Time" and "The Chronicles of Narnia". Its great to see the kids having an interest in books!

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white myrtle said...

Hi, your blog is very nice. I love reading, and I began when I was very young. The first books I read were Louisa May Alcott's "Little women", then classics like "Gulliver's travel" or Verne's novels

Lyz said...

My 3 year old daughter loves to listen to Geronimo Stilton's books on CD...I don't think she gets all the puns, but she has referred to candy as "chocolate-covered cheese bites".

I think I was reading the Little House books in 3rd grade...and 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th. The entire series, at least once a year.

Morning Luna said...

Hi! I'm new to Blogspot but wanted to say I love what you are doing. Not enough people in this world read, but it is certainly nice to know that there are those who do.
Thanks for your posts :)

Lauren said...

I loved Dahl, too, but E. L. Konigsburg's books were my favorite.

Purest Green said...

Hooray for young readers! She's wonderful. I also adore your blog - a great idea that could work anywhere.

Athena.adele said...

your blog is amazing. Completely fresh I have it as a favorite and will keep coming back to read it!

pilgrimchick said...

In fact, I was thinking Dahl before I even got to the last line of your blog posting here. I distinctly remember "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "The Witches". I'm crossing my fingers against the infiltration of Hannah Montana, though.

What will I be when I grow up? said...

What a well-rounded reader for such a young age. Thanks for the blog!

MaryAnn Cleary said...

I love your blog. Reading is something to be cherished and celebrated. Great blog.

V said...

In third grade we had something of an Imperialistic librarian that wouldn't let us read books outside our "level." Of the books she had Dahl books were the only ones (besides the early Great Brain books) that we could read. However, two books I still distinctly remember to this day, Where the Red Fern Grows and A Wrinkle in Time. There's a book that doesn't get much appreciation. Try to read it again while remembering that it's a children's book.

Sonya said...

Thanks for your comments.

I also loved the Tales of Narnia. My mom read us all the books when my brother, sister and I were kids and after that we read Lord of the Rings. We'd all get in my parent's bed and read together and, because we lived in Montana and it was COLD, it was so hard, when the story was over, to walk back to our own rooms!

Bukku Otaku, I'll look up Dragonriders series. I think my brothers may have read it.

Jenni, That's a great idea to finish the book. I love it.

V, I've talked to kids who tell me about the "five word rule". If they can't understand more than five words on a single page, the book is too hard for them.

Brady Frost said...

I read Roald Dahl books when I was younger as well. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was, of course, a favorite as well as James and the Giant Peach and The BFG.
Very nice post!

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Anonymous said...

Really touching blog!

N.B. the book looks like it's called "Paws Off, Cheddarface" and not "Paws of Cheddar Face," no?

Sonya said...

Dear Anonymous,
ooops. I'm always making mistakes like that. Thanks for letting me know. Correction made.

sonya

Sunshinemom said...

Came here from 'blogs to note'. A blog for the love of reading...I never thought but why not? It is what puts me to sleep...I couldn't do without one and my children have caught the itch!! I loved reading the William series, Enid Blytons, Nancy Drews, Hardy Boys etc...at that age. I recently started reading 'A series of unfortunate events' when my daughter entered that age...and it is great!!

Mom of 3 said...

I don't remember 3rd Grade in particular, but I do remember some of the books I loved in Grade School. The Hardy Boys was one of the biggies. And also Sweet Dreams young miss romances. And Encyclopedia Brown. Those were fun ones!

www.funwiththreekids.blogspot.com

Gilbert said...

Dahl's books were terrific, I remember finishing them as quickly as I could to move to the next one. I wish I could read with that much passion now.

Seri said...

I remember reading the books about Wayside School where the school was all crazy, mixed-up, and backwards. It was my first chapter book. I was also way into the Babysitters club and Nancy Drew at the time.

Beth said...

I can't believe I -just- discovered this blog. What a great idea! You should know that discovering this just made my day, even though you don't know me.

I used to read Roald Dahl when I was a kid, but also Louis Sachar. Those were my favorites. I recently read some adult stories of Dahl's which is rather shocking in comparison to the stuff the kids read.

TootsNYC said...

I honestly don't remember what I read in third grade; but I have a fourth grader and a ninth grader, and they read:

Geronimo Stilton! (but not as much as other stuff; i thought G.S. would be great for my youngest, bcs he's not that much of reader, more of a looker, loves manga most of all, so I thought the pictures and crazy fonts, etc., would entice him. But I think they maybe just make him feel like a baby. And he does better w/ denser text than I realize.

Magic Treehouse series
Anything by Ron Roy, who wrote the A to Z Mysteries series, among others: The Absent Author, etc.

Oh, and absolutely, Captain Underpants.

HazelNut said...

I love your blog! I've been reading it since I first saw it a couple weeks ago, just haven't commented yet.

I think I read all of the Anne of Green Gables series about five times in 3rd grade--among other books by L.M. Montegomery.

My dad would read the Hobbit to my four siblings and me some nights as well, by candlelight. I can't think of anything my parent's have given me that I cherish more dearly than a love of books.

One of my favorite customers at a restaurant where I worked when I was 16 would come in with a different book in his hand every few days, I just adored the guy! Where I live, you don't often see people reading. I'm going to look out for it more now that I've seen your blog.

Again, I love your blog. It's really great to see that people still read!! ;) Keep up the good work!

Ladyislandmarie said...

Reading supasses all walks of life from the day we were born to speak our first words. Mama or Dadda. I have two children ages 10 and 13yrs of age and I express to both my children that reading is what guides you on where to go for help, to find directions of places, to add or subtract, and to learn about everything at our finger tips. School's do have DI Programs that are placed mandated into our classrooms, however for some real geniuses that can become a barrier. Reading opens a whole new world of ideas for the young ones. Start at an early age. So if your bored and having better to do, pick up a book and read. Wether your slow paced or fast paced. Reading is your root to survive in the real world.

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