This was the year of a chapter book awakening for Pip — we started with Ramona for reasons I can’t remember and from there he was insatiable. J had been working slowly through Hobbit and others since Pippin was twoish but now both adults were reading aloud to him and he was devouring audiobooks during quiet time much faster than I could source them.
We’ve only just started phonics so the only words he can read himself are “Pippin,” “police,” and “Grandpa” (!!!). We read a lot of picture books for fun, too, but I don’t track those. And his comprehension of these chapter books can vary — he regularly refers to plot details from Beverly Cleary books, but didn’t realize Beth March died until we watched a movie version of Little Women. But he only has to listen to things that interest him, and I figure even if he doesn’t absorb all of some of the books he listens to, letting the words wash over him is still beneficial, especially if he enjoys it.
I didn’t keep perfect records but I think he “read” 40-something unique books in 2017, which doesn’t account for the frankly disturbing number of times he wan’t to re-read the Henry Huggins books and other favorites. You can see the full list on Goodreads if you’re interested.
I thought it would be fun to have him review his year in reading. You can probably tell from his answers he was less enthused!
- What kind of books do you like?
- “Police car ones.”
- What was your favorite book Mama read aloud?
- Henry Huggins
- What was your favorite book Papa read aloud?
- What was your favorite audiobook?
- Who was your favorite character in a book?
- “Captain John [from Swallows and Amazons] and also the Boxcar Children, Henry Alden.”
- What books do you want to read next year?
- All the same ones I did.