Book Connections

Another Generation of Readers

I love seeing the young ones in our extended family loving books. Sitting next to my great niece last week, Miss 8 year old (just) wanted to know had I read the Harry Potter books. I explained to her that when the first book had come out “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, I had bought it to read to my 11 to 12 year olds class. And they had been bored by it and I gave up half way through. (They were the only class I ever had that just weren’t into books.)

Well Miss 8 year old says to me, “Well you could have just gone on to read them for yourself!”The words of the wise.

Her grandmother commented on the book she was holding – a large book of fairytales. “Oh I consider this my light reading!” she says. I enjoyed this fun book talk.

Today I am sharing five books the young ones in my family are reading

Miss 8 year old.

Harry PotterShe has read the first three books in this series, no doubt her parents read them aloud to her first. They are both very talented in the read aloud area.  They read aloud to her every night.

Mirabelle Breaks the RulesThis is the latest in the series she is also reading. Harriet Muncaster is a British author and so talented with her drawings. “Mirabelle’s mum is a witch, her dad is a fairy, and she is a bit of both.
When Mirabelle goes off to witch school she promises not to cause any mischief . . .
But then potions class goes a bit wrong and flying practise is a disaster.”     I’ve bought her this series and she always is excited to get the next one.

Mr. 7 year old.  The cousin of Miss 8 year old.

The bad guys 7 This is a series too and this is number 7. By an Australian author. These are graphic novels and the bad guys are really good guys.

We are half way through the series and he did inform me he’d like them all!  (I’ve been buying them for him. Whatever it takes to get boys into books.)

SlimeWhen Mr. 7 year old got a nasty infection behind his eye he had to spend quite some time in hospital last month. His grandmother bought him this book and she has been reading this one to him. It’s their book.  A British author who seems to be very popular among NZ children!

Miss 5 year old. Sister to Mr. 7 year old.

I find her a little more difficult to buy for, it can’t be “too young” because she sees the other two and their books and she likes to keep up with them. However I hit the jackpot with this book recently and so I have two more in the series organised for her birthday coming up.

The Princess in BlackShannon Hale – the author lives in Utah, USA.  “Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her ! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? ”


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11 thoughts on “Another Generation of Readers”

  1. My great-nieces are 3 and 5. I always get books for them as gifts and just because with the hope they will love reading as their mom does ( she was a Harry Potter fan and still is). Thanks for hosting.

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  2. I have recently discovered that my nephews are Bad Guys fans — I didn’t introduce them to that one but I am enjoying introducing them to books in general.


  3. Oh what fun book conversations! My son isn’t a big reader but he does enjoy being read aloud too and I’m hoping to wear him down eventually! I’m thinking about starting the first Harry Potter soon. When he was in school I used to work at the bookfair every time the school put them on and the Princess in Black were hugely popular. They look really fun!


    1. Reading aloud to children is so important so you are doing a great job. So interesting about The Princess in Black. I hadn’t come across the books until recently in the local shop, so a lucky find.


  4. The Princess in Black books are such fun. They were my daughter’s favorites for awhile and helped her transition into chapter books more easily. She also really liked the Bad Guys novels and I think we still have most of them. My daughter was a reluctant reader for a long time. It was an area she struggled with in school–and still does to a smaller extent. This year though she’s grown as a reader and enjoys it much more. She’s turned into one of those readers who has a book she’s in the middle of in just about every room of the house and picks them up to read as she goes. It’s both a relief and a joy to see her get excited over reading. I hope the flame doesn’t go out.

    Have a great weekend, Kathryn! Thank you for hosting. 🙂

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  5. So exciting to see a new generation of readers in the family! My granddaughters are all in that group and seem to be booklovers. I love to take them to bookstores.

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