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I am not sure if I have mentioned in my previous posts, but we have been struggling since Brayden began school last year to get him reading.  He fights it and fights it and in turn is pretty behind compared to his classmates.

It is so hard as a parent to fight the battle everyday.

If there is one thing that I have learned over the years, it’s that Brayden will do things when Brayden is ready. The hard part is that the school isn’t really on his time schedule…

About 4 months ago, Brayden came home with a book from The Magic Treehouse series and our world ( in terms of reading…) changed.  Finally.

magic treehouse 008Mary Pope Osborne has found a way to inspire my child to read.  Hallelujah!

There are 40+ books and they are filled with adventure, fun and facts.  They appeal to Brayden’s sense of curiosity, and imagination.

We all just about fell out of our chairs when he decided he was going to read a page from his favorite book, Sunset of the Sabertooth, all by himself!  ( I think we made such a huge deal about it that we scared him a bit… he hasn’t done it since!  Whoops…)

Bubbie bought him the set of the first 28 books and our world has been filled with The Magic Treehouse since.

I even find them interesting and fun to read.

This is what my dining room table looks like this morning after our weekly trip to the library…

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I guess if I must have crap all over my table, I am happy that it is books…

I also found a way to download the books in audio format on the iPad from the library so that Brayden can listen to them being read by Mary Pope Osborne.  It has been great.

You can imagine my joy (because this has REALLY BEEN A STRUGGLE) when Brayden proclaimed the other day that he wanted to be an author and illustrator when he grew up.

Another “live and learn” situation.  Interest is everything… when it is something that they are interested in, they will do whatever it takes.

I always say I am ready to just live, all this learning is exhausting!!

What inspires you and/or your children to read?