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Every night at 7:00 PM we turn off the the television even if we’re watching Netflix and whatever other technology product we have running and as a family we read for 30 minutes. The reason we do this is because my son Jason, eight years old, was really struggling with finding an interest in books. He is an advanced reader but simply didn’t enjoy sitting down to allow a story to unfold in his mind. It was time for Mom and Dad to throw down some tough love. This week is National Young Reader’s Week and I wanted to share some books with you that our children have enjoyed whether reading alone or being read to. These books have also been released in movie form and can be viewed on Netflix!
The Horrid Henry books by Author Francesca Simon are right up Jason’s alley. They are about a young boy who is basically a trouble magnet mainly due to his own bad behavior. These books aren’t exactly the greatest when it comes to learning a lesson, because Henry never really learns anything, but they are so terribly horrid they will make your child want to come back and read more. The movie Horrid Henry the Movie is available on Netflix and is rated PG.
He also loves The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Every year he has in some way read this book to us on Thanksgiving. Either we helped him read it or he has been able to read it to us himself. This book about a little boy who needs a very special reminder of what believing means is a Christmas classic that will live on in your heart forever. The movie is a CGI and performance capture production starring Tom Hanks providing the voice work of almost all the characters. It’s a visual wonder and you won’t want to miss it.
For our five year old Spencer we read a lot of Babar when he was younger. Poor little Babar the elephant loses his mother to a hunter and runs off to the big city. When he returns filled with big city knowledge the King dies and Babar, suddenly the smartest of the elephants, is appointed the new King. As long as you don’t look too closely at the Babar stories they are quite cute. Netflix has two different Babar cartoons to choose from in the children’s collection.
The Little Engine That Could was recently recreated and stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Whoopi Goldberg. The book was one I would read to Spencer and I teared up each and every time. I’m not sure why I was so sensitive to this specific story but something about putting your mind to a task and making it happens resonates with me. Teaching this to a young child is especially important.
Reading is one of the most important things you can do with your child. Scholastic says that children learn 4,000-12,000 new words every year due to reading. Let’s all read with our families at least 3x a week and strive to do so more as often as we can. Be sure one book a month is also a movie so you can watch your story unfold with Netflix streaming. Then pop some popcorn, kick back and enjoy the movie together. Afterwards hold a little Q&A together over some hot cocoa and compare the book to the movie and pick out the similarities and differences. Make it a game and your kids will want to read even more books that are now movies! There are so many possibilities and Netflix Streaming adds new movies all the time.
*I am part of the Netflix #StreamTeam and have received an Apple TV and Netflix account for participating so that I can experience all Netflix has to offer. All opinions are my own.