Today is a special day. It’s the day ML was due to arrie in 2006. She didn’t. But a few years later my nephew did. Every year, I send him books for his birthday. This is the first year I wasn’t sure which direction to go. He’s at the age where children could be reading Easy Readers or as some parents like to brag, “books on a high school reading level.”
I did what every responsible Aunt does. I asked what he’s enjoying reading. My sister-in-law quickly responded Dog Man and Diary of a Wimpy Kid but thought I’d be hard pressed to find one he hadn’t read. This was music to my ears. My nephew has entered the independent chapter book reading stage of life. One where series are king. In later years he will reminisce about these characters he met and fell in love with as he was truly learning to be a reader. Not just someone who sounded out words.
I had a few ideas but consulted with ML too. A Diary of a Wimpy Kid series read-alike was easy. Timmy Failure started the amazon shopping cart. Mr Pants was added as T’s next graphic novel series to explore. I knew I wanted to send an I Survived book; but was at a loss of which one to order. ML helped with this. She suggested The Shark Attacks of 1916. Then, she reminded me how much she loved Geronimo Stilton at this age. With the edition of Geronimo Stilton: The Karate Mouse, our order was complete.
After the order shipped a new graphic novel arrived at the library. I read it Thursday night and there’s no doubt it would have been a perfect edition to the list. With Christmas around the corner, I’ve started a new cart. Yes, I am THAT aunt. The one who gives books. Come December 25th my nephew will also own Toby Goes Bananas. And a few other yet to be determined titles.