It’s very exciting to see my son G- learn how to read! Six months ago he was proud to sound out rudimentary street signs and newspaper headlines, and now he’s leaped straight to “level 4” beginning reader books, skipping the first three levels.
Important caveat: my kids are in a Waldorf school, and the Waldorf educational approach has them starting reading later than more traditional pedagogical approaches, it’s typically not until 2nd grade that they really get going. A-, 11yo, is an extraordinarily strong reader, so I have quite a bit of confidence in the approach…
Anyway, the problem is that G- wants to read books that are topically a bit beyond where I think he’s comfortable…
Like just about every boy I’ve ever known — myself included! — he’s into dramatic stories and his two favorite topics are Star Wars and Harry Potter.
Problem is, they give him nightmares and make him have nighttime fears, so while it’s fun to read about Darth Sith and Lord Voldemort, they’re really not appropriate and certainly not the best stories for him.
He does really like The Magic Tree House series, we’ve enjoyed The Hardy Boys books, but what I’m wondering is if there are some books that are written for beginning readers but live somewhere on the continuum between Magic Tree House and Harry Potter?
A series that has some “coolness” to it, has fun stories with action and adventure, but are still very mild and don’t have troublesome images, scary covers, or overly aggressive themes. It’d probably be a bonus if there’s a strong Dad character in the story (I am highly troubled by how many children’s stories involve either one-parent or zero parent family units, but that’s another discussion entirely)
Anyway, blog reader gang, any recommendations on books or series I could steer him towards so he’d enjoy what he’s reading, think it’s cool, and not be troubled by the storyline and pictures?