Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Magic Tree House Gets Kids Reading

One of my favorite series for young children is the Magic Tree House series. I have always liked these books. They are simple chapter books that are filled with adventure. As a result, most children love them.

When my middle child was struggling to learn to read, I searched high and low for books he could read. Finally, I realized that The Magic Tree House was just what he needed. Why? They are written with simple language. In other words, they are written for children to read, whereas picture books are written for adults to read. I'll be honest with you. I don't particularly like to read them aloud. On the other hand, I don't like reading anything aloud. (Although, I am really enjoying Understood Betsy.)

My middle son read the first one slowly. After that, he had no problem. I am doing the same thing with my youngest son. His reading is going even slower, because he hasn't gotten even halfway through his phonics program. We are sharing the reading. He reads a few lines. I read a few lines. I help him sound out words that he doesn't know the rules for. He is in heaven.

Since our family has had such great success with these books, I have decided to give away a set of the first four books. I hope someone will be able to enjoy them as much as we have.

Here are the rules. Leave a comment WITH your email address! If I have no way of getting in touch with you, you will be disqualified. This contest will close on Wednesday, July 22 at 11:59 PM. I will announce the winner on Thursday, July 23rd. Thanks!