I was ecstatic. I tried not to show it because I wasn’t sure if that’s what I’m supposed to do. I also didn’t want to scare her off.
What was it exactly?
The niece asked me to read a chapter book to her.
So far, for bedtime reading, we’ve stuck mainly to picture books. The niece recently went back to school, which may have been the #1 reason why she asked for a chapter book at home.
And so we began reading, Christmas in Camelot, a Magic Tree House book. A strange start, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
We read two chapters a night, and after a break over the weekend (we went over to Abuelita’s house), we finally finished it last night.
I don’t think it was an instant favorite, which is totally understandable. But I think she enjoyed it for the most part. We immediately began another chapter book because we didn’t read the allotted two chapters a night. Now, we are currently reading Dinosaurs Before Dark, the first book in the Magic Tree House series.
Apparently, this one was read to her in school. When I told her we could read a different book if she wanted too, she said, “no, tia, it’s fine. I want to read it again.” And so we began.
Throughout this whole initial experience of reading chapter books with her, it made me realize how glad past-me purchased those books to begin with. The books were there and available to her whenever she felt ready to reach out and give them a try.
Who knows if she would have picked up The Tale of Despereaux or A Little Princess. It maybe have taken a few more weeks to get her to reach out for a chapter book.
Regardless of the ‘what-ifs’, it’s exciting to start this reading adventure with her. Who knows, maybe by the end of the school year, she’ll be reading something to me!