Raising Memories: Chapter Books to Read to Your Kids (Westly: A Spider's Tale)
  

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Chapter Books to Read to Your Kids (Westly: A Spider's Tale)

I had a goal to read to my girls this summer, as much as possible. I was on a hunt to find good chapter books that I could read to them, that would be interesting to both of them (ages 6 and 9). We found several that we really enjoyed (and are continuing to read now that school has started), so I thought I would share some of the books that we've really liked.

It has been a really nice experience to just relax together and read. The books we've been reading all seem to have lessons woven throughout them that apply to our lives. We've been able to discuss these by talking about the things that are happening to the characters and thinking about how we would react or whether we think they could have made a different choice for a better outcome. Reading together is also a good way to expand vocabulary as new words come up.






One of the first books that we read this summer is a new one called Westly: A Spider's Tale, written and illustrated by Bryan Beus and published by Shadow Mountain.  This story is about a caterpillar named Westly who is expected to become the next king of the butterfly kingdom. Just as in our lives, things do not always turn out the way we expect them to, and Westly's life takes a turn he never saw coming when he finds out he is actually a spider!



I love that this story teaches that sometimes we are meant to be someone or do something that we hadn't imagined for ourselves, and that sometimes those unexpected outcomes can be far better than what we had in mind originally.


Westly's story is a great example of how you can make a difference when you are determined to, and that things can turn out even better than you expected, right after they seem to be getting worse than you ever expected they could!

(A lesson for my kids, and a lesson for me!)



I will be sharing some of our other favourites in future posts but in the meantime, 
I would love for you to leave a comment telling me some 
favourite books you've loved reading with your kids!
(or that you intend to read to them when they're old enough) 

Disclosure: A copy of this book was provided for review purposes, but this is not a sponsored post and all opinions shared are, as always, my own.

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12 comments:

  1. That looks like a great book. The boys and I have been reading chapter books for years. Some of our favourites are Charlie and the chocolate factory, the BFG, Frog spell....lol the list could go on and on! I'll have to try that one!

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    1. We read Charlie & the Chocolate Factory too! It's definitely a favourite :) I'm not familiar with the others, but I'll have to check them out when we finish our current book, thanks for sharing!

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  2. We have been reading chapter books here as well, I enjoy them as much as my daughter. Right now we are into Tinkerbell which is a collection of chapter books, so we will be reading awhile. It's great you are promoting reading and books, so important for our kids to learn.

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    1. We just started on a Fairy book that involves tinker bell & my kids love it :) I agree that promoting reading is so important- both for fun, as well as learning. During the summer when we go to the library, I always encourage them each to choose at least one "learning book" (we think of a topic they'd like to learn about & we go through the process of looking up a book and finding it on the shelves- important skills for them to learn!)

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  3. We have a really hard time getting our daughter to read. She's an excellent reader, just doesn't like it. I know that pictures among the words help to keep her interest so I think we'll have to try these ones out.

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  4. I love reading chapter books with my son, Evan. It is great quality time and I'm finding that many of the books we pick together are entertaining for both of us, unlike books for younger kids.

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    1. I know what you mean- it's so nice when you get to that stage where you're both just as interested in what you're reading! (sometimes I have to work to get them in the mood to read because I am dying to find out what happens next! ..and they don't have to work too hard to convince me to read another chapter at bedtime ;)

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  5. I loved sharing Charlotte's Web with my kids as it was one of my favourites as a child to read. I still enjoy just reading it by myself!

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    1. Oh, I agree! I have read that with my oldest. I'll have to come back to it with my younger daughter too, I bet she'd like it now!

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  6. Our girls are the same ages I will have to check out this book thanks for the review :)

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  7. My boys love "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly"! I could read this book every night to them and they wouldn't get bored. :)

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  8. Thanks for the review will check this book out for my grandaughter,she loves to read

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Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment- I love reading them! :)
~Heather Lynne

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