Fortunately, that isn't the case with my children so far. In fact, I've lately been occasionally scolding my oldest son for reading when he is supposed to be doing other things. He tends to get so absorbed in what he's reading, that he loses contact with the "real" world (I wonder who he gets that from?).
So I thought I would share a series that has turned out to be a favorite of both my son, and myself.
About 2 years ago, I discovered the Dear America Series by Scholastic. These are fiction books written in Journal/diary style, but based on real times and events in America. They span a huge variety of subjects: 4 wars, the gold rush, the Oregon trail, Irish/Scottish Immigrants, Native Americans, Pilgrims, Slaves, the sinking of the Titanic, the school for the Blind and many, many more. What I especially like is the amount of detail included, because they are basically day-to-day events.
I told this same son (10 yrs old) to give me a list of 5 things he would like to receive for Christmas. Topping his list was "History Books" (he's definitely MY son). Well, it just so happened I had run across a set of 4 books at the thrift store. And they were all about the male species. They were the My name is America books, which are basically along the same lines. They are all well written, and really allow children to put themselves " in the shoes" mentally of kids that were their age, but in another era.
I can't resist including the Royal Diaries (also by Scholastic) in this post. They are also basically the same idea of a journal/diary but about...well, royalty. There is Cleopatra (who supposedly wasn't that beautiful, but rather intelligent), and Anastasia of Russia was definately one of my favorites.
These books are meant for approximately 10 yrs of age (depending on your childs reading ability) and older, but I gobbled them up myself. And thoroughly enjoyed them! Of course, I told myself I was collecting them for my daughter...the one who is 5 yrs old now.
Most libraries probably have copies of these books to lend out. I love to OWN books (I'm a re-reader) and collected mine through Ebay (which does a THRIVING business of these books-they resell very well) and my local thrift stores. They have wonderful covers (hardback) and attached ribbons.
Well, that wraps up this installment of some of our favorite books. Think I'll take advantage of a school day off to curl up with a book myself. Happy Monday!