DC1 hadn’t been reading chapter books for a while, and when ze did read, ze would reread super easy stuff ze had read a zillion times before. Big Nate. A to Z Mysteries. Sheldon Comics. We didn’t say much about it because we don’t want to make reading a chore instead of a pleasure and we figured it would pass, but we did kind of miss hir reading fun new chapter books (and talking about them with us–Big Nate is great and all, but we already know he gets in trouble at school and doesn’t get along with Gina etc.)
Then DC1’s friend loaned hir Spy School (this is the friend whose mom throws the awesome parties). DC1 loved it. And then the friend loaned it to another kid in the class. So even though they’re all slowly reading A Wrinkle in Time in class, they’re getting through another book much faster outside of class.
So DC1 loaned hir friend The Familiars, which ze had enjoyed before going off chapter books. DC1’s friend enjoyed it, so DC1 loaned hir book 2 in the series and realized that ze should probably actually read the fourth book in the series (after rereading the rest, of course).
So then DC1’s friend loaned hir The Mysterious Benedict Society and proudly proclaimed it to be a big thick chapter book. I showed DC1 our copy of the book, but DC1 stated that the loaned copy is better. And, of course it is. Then ze checked out the second Spy School book when signing up for the summer reading program.
I’m not sure what the point of this post is, except that friends recommending books to friends is totally awesome. And I’m glad there’s kids who like books enough to recommend them to DC1.
Did you share books as a kid? Or an adult? What are you or your kids sharing these days?