Splat the Cat (it's a series available on the NookColor and some have read to me, some do not.) I saw this at work today and I liked it though I didn't get a chance to really read it. Just flipped through a few pages.
What I might suggest even more is to have him help pick out the book. Being actively involved in picking the book should make him more engaged in reading it as well.
Even if you pre-pick a few choices and then let him choose from those, I'd say that's better than just picking for him.
Good idea! We do have 3 Splat the Cat books and just read Love Splat the other night. He really enjoys those!
My 7 year old son LOVES to be read TO, and always has. I could read him book after book and he would never get bored! However, it is a struggle to get him to read himself. While he is reading to me, I have to constantly keep him on task to concentrate. I think he lacks the confidence in reading.
To try something new I asked him if he wanted to read to me from my Nookcolor, if I could find him a book. He was very excited about the idea. The next night he read "Colors" to me and I didn't have to ask him once to pay attention. He read thru the whole book and did great! I want him to be comfortable reading all types of media, so I would like to mix it up. Problem is, I can't find many nookbooks, and have looked for those on his recommended reading list. Does anyone have any suggestions for books for his age? He is reading at his age and grade (1st) level, but I want to help him advance his reading.
My son still loves the Magic Tree House series (which I BELIEVE are all NookBooks). He started reading them in first grade. To begin, we would switch back and forth - He would read all of the dialogue sections, I would read the other. As time went on, he would read one chapter, I would read the next. Pretty soon, he was able to keep his attention on the book. Sometimes, he has the same problem and he just finished third grade. I'll sit with him and switch back and forth; sometimes, I'm convinced he just doesn't want to spend the time "alone" and misses the interaction. One of the first books he got really excited about was
Snoops, Clues and Boos paperback $12.99
SNOOPS, CLUES & BOOS eBook $2.99
A funny mystery bed time story for children between the ages of six and twelve years of age. Join Erick and his two little pint sized super snoop cousins, Marcus and Morris the Eve of Halloween night as they search for clues to debunk or prove the rumor that new tenant Dr. Hans Craver snatches little children to steal their hands and fingers to replace his hook hand. Together as things go bump and coo-coo throughout the night, the cousins have one scare after frightening scare as they try to solve the rumored mystery of what happened to Bobby and Sam. Did Dr. Carver really steal their hands for his own evil purposes? Or can you really believe in rumors?
This is a fun read-to-me book or it can be read alone.
In my humble opinion, almost any book that will fire your son's imagination will help him enjoy reading. I'm going to suggest some classics. Since I don't own a Nook, I don't know which of these, if any, is available via Nook.
1. He may be a little old for The Little Engine that Could, but he might still get a kick out of it. Ditto for Curious George.
2. Everything Dr. Seuss ever wrote, no exceptions. What childhood could ever hope to be considered complete without knowing that you can read them from a book; you can read them via Nook? [Insert loud groan here]
3. Winnie the Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six. The last two are poetry, which will likely bore him to death now, but give him time. For me, Pooh, Piglet and the rest of them are still living in that forest, and I have four dusty, 50+-year-old volumes that prove it!
4. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. These may be a little advanced for a seven-year-old, but think about it this way: he can't get curious and open one someday if they're not lying around in plain sight (or at least visible on his Nook), and, after all, they're not bottles of poison labeled "Drink Me."
5. And there are lots of other classics and not-so-classics he'll soon be old enough for if he isn't already: Charlotte's Web, The Phantom Tollbooth, the first two Harry Potter books and about a zillion others I'll remember the names of the instant I hit "Post."
And let's face it: with everything so heavily computerized these days -- and getting more so by the minute -- one of the biggest favors we can do our kids is to make reading material available to them. They'll like some of it; they'll hate some of it; and in the process, with a little luck, they just might learn something!