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Big Kid Books

I'm trying to track my child's early chapterbook reading experiences.

Currently reading

Dory and the Real True Friend (Dory Fantasmagory)
Abby Hanlon
The Slippery Slope
Michael Kupperman, Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist
L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables (All Aboard Reading) - Lydia Halverson, L.M. Montgomery, Jennifer Dussling

My child is 4 and we are really just getting into chapter books. We've explored a lot of the easy-reader style and I'm excited about sitting down and getting her into a "real story." Anne of Green Gables is one of our earliest successes on the "real story" front. I'm sorry to say that it is rare for my child to be imaginatively inspired by a book. Most of her pretend play is either self-generated (flying panther girl! green water dragon!) or from movies (right now we are Star Wars crazy!). Right now there are three exceptions to that general trend: the Lemony Snicket Series of Unfortunate Events books (which we are listening to audiobook in the car), Pippi Longstocking, and now Anne of Green Gables. B. was engaged and excited about this one and would ask content questions ("Is Marilla going to be mad at Anne?"). It helped, I think, that the edition we got from the library had an illustration on every facing page. I liked Anne's spunk, her code of honor, her imaginative flights of fancy. I was so happy that this was a successful venture into what is, for my child, advanced reading.