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I am very happy to be the new step-mom of a newly 6 year-old boy (who is wonderful). We read stories every night at bed time (every night he is with me and my husband, which is a little less than half the time). He is in kindergarten and learning to read, but not yet confident about it at all. I have been thinking that I would like to start reading chapter books to him at bed time, in part to fuel his interest in reading on his own. He loves animals, legos, and angry birds. He has a great memory for story details. He has a sweet heart, a great sense of humor, and a bit of a mischievous streak. And he gets scared pretty easily (and does not like it). As I am new to the (step-)parenting gig and was never a 6 year-old boy myself, I'm a bit at sea about where to start. Any ideas?
Let's see: sweet heart? Humor? Mischievous? And six years old? Friends, I will go to my tried and true, my one great love, my silliness source, behold!
It's so sweet and ridiculous! I very much hope that this young man will enjoy it. But there are so many great read alouds for this age. Poetry is awesome, oh my goodness, Winnie the Pooh is perfect! It's as though every great children's book ever written was written to be read aloud to a sweet 6-year-old boy at bedtime.
But don't take my word for it. (Have you ever? I don't think so.) Opine! Into the comments with you, and let's hear some more ideas, so they have a tidy stack.