Book Christmas Advent Calendar Day 6: My daughter loves books
Today my daughter became a reader, a lover of books. She is almost 12 years old, her birthday is in two weeks' time. Holly-Anne was slow to learn to read, and for a long time she struggled with how to hold the story in her mind while she did other things. We kept finding books for her that she was interested in, many featuring dinosaurs or animals, as she loves animals.
Then early last year, she discovered the Dragons of Fire series, and she was hooked. "Dragons!" she said. She read all the ones that had been published. (She is waiting impatiently for the next book in the series to be published next month.) In the meantime, while she was waiting, last year all the kids in her Grade 6 class were reading this new series:
Spirit Animals. Holly-Anne devoured all of them and is waiting impatiently for the next one in this series to come out, in January also. The cool thing about this series is that popular children's authors are penning different volumes in the series, so it is a great introduction to each author's writing styles. Maggie Stiefvater, Shannon Hale, Brandon Mull (book 1), and Tui T Sutherland so far. Some very big names.
In desperation this past summer after finishing the last Spirit Animals book so far, she picked up a cat series book I had randomly picked up at a used bookstore for her, Warriors: Midnight by Erin Hunter. She read it, and then discovered that the books actually started in an earlier series, so she went back to read that series first.
This morning, she finished book 3 (borrowed from the library) to one of the first sets. She was restless after. Got up from the sofa. Tried to watch some tv. Tried to play her Pokemon on the 3 DS. Finally she came to me and said, "Mom, are you going out today?" I asked why, secretly hoping. "I want to buy the next book. May I?" Well I'm never going to say no to that, am I? Her father was going out in the afternoon, so they went out to the mall where she knew the bookstore carries the cat clan series, and she bought the next two books in the series. When she got in the door, she promptly opened the next book and started reading it.
My little girl. Almost a tween, and now a book reader. She needed to know how the cat clan goes on after the big fire!! A story lover. She took her own allowance money to buy the books for herself. I am so proud and delighted. My daughter is buying her own books and reading them as soon as she gets home.