Book In A Series
When children are little, we enjoy reading books from the same author to them. For example, the Dr. Seuss series of books is probably one of the most familiar in American households. Children enjoy listening to the rhythm of the stories, and the repetition of certain words. It helps them learn pronunciation and spelling. I have the entire series on my bookshelf, what about you? Well, what happens when your child outgrows Dr. Seuss?
When children get older, they seem to pick books at random, and if it isn’t enjoyable or doesn’t capture their attention immediately, they don’t finish it. However, if they get hooked on a particular author or a type of book, they tend to want to continue reading until they’ve gone through the entire series, just like Dr. Seuss.
In most libraries and bookstores, there’re many books written by the same author some with the same characters. There may be 3, 6, or sometimes as many as 20 books in a series. Many, begin a story with the first book and finish it with the last, tell different stories about the same characters, or provide a mystery in the first book, give clues with each subsequent book, and solve it in the last book.
If you have difficulty getting your child to select and read books on a regular basis, get him hooked on a book in a series. When he finishes the first one, give him the next. Once you’ve captured a child’s attention and curiosity you’ll be surprised how eager they become to read the next one.
Book series are available from beginning readers to adult titles. Ask a librarian or an assistant at a book store to help you find the right book for your child.