I can't quite believe how this summer has just flown by and that back to school is just around the corner. We had a very tough year with third grade last year. I've tried very hard to work with Emmet to keep him reading this summer. He finally found the First book that he has actually enjoyed reading.
I had a copy of the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid that I had bought for one of my older boys. I told Emmet that if he would read it, we could get the whole series. He really enjoyed the book and would often laugh out loud while reading along. I was thrilled with his progress and willingness to read.
When Staples offered to send us a Kindle Fire HD, we were ecstatic. It was so easy to download the second Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rodrick Rules. Jeff Kinney is a genius for writing these books! There is something to be said for the instant gratification you get with downloading books onto a Kindle!
I loved to read as a kid but lacked direction in finding books that I was interested in. I think I was overwhelmed by the library, I probably checked out the same two books over and over in elementary school. One was the biography of Betsy Ross and the other was about ballerinas, but I can't remember the name.
In high school my English teacher gave me a list of authors and books and those are still some of my favorites today. I have tried very hard to instill my love of reading to my boys. Currently some of my favorite authors are Ken Follett, Kate Morton, Rosamunde Pilcher, and having lived in Wyoming for so long C.J. Box and Craig Johnson (author of the Longmire books that the A&E TV series is based on - totally hooked on that show!). As you can tell, I could go on and on about books and authors.
It is so important to keep kids reading to maintain and build on those skills they learn in school. The Kindle Fire HD makes it so easy and fun. Now your kids can check those books off of their summer reading list and also those monthly reading lists that can sometimes be a little stressful when the library book goes missing! Not that it has happened at our house or anything.
I can honestly go a little crazy with office supplies and back to school supplies and Staples is my go to source. Be sure to follow Staples on Facebook and Twitter for Back to School specials and offers including the Kindle Fire HD.
Disclosure: I was provided with the Kindle Fire HD for review purposes but as always all thoughts and opinions are truly my own.