Silas and Owen are now four and a half years old, and currently their thoughts are dominated by Legos and Star Wars.
I’m sure you can guess the two phrases that dominate each online library catalog search term I’ve done on their behalf: “Lego” and yup, “Star Wars”
We’re learning to read currently, building words using our own Alphabet cards and identifying word-sounds with our letter magnets on the refrigerator. And they’re doing great.
This past week Owen and Silas read their first actual book, Bob Books, Set 1. We're so proud of them for sounding out each of the letters and making words jump out of the page! Go Bob Books!
Now while they’re super proud of reading this book too, once they’ve closed the cover, it’s right back to Legos and Star Wars. So sorry Bob, we'll keep coming back to you, I promise.
Lego and Star Wars is all they really want these days, and thank goodness there are books for small people with these themes.
It should be noted that the boys have not seen any of the Star Wars movies, (just the Lego Star Wars Padawon and Yoda episodes), but it to the average inquirer, they’re experts. They really, really want to be experts.
Enter Star Wars: Jedi Academy, by Jeffrey Brown. Now technically, I'm reading this to them, they've only read the cover.
And while this book doesn’t have any Legos in it, it fits right into what we’re interested in, learning about the Jedi and the Empire.
We’re reading it at night, just a few pages at a time. We're treating it kind of like a chapter book. Besides the fact that it's Star Wars, the boys really like that the main character, Rowan, is starting a new school, has Yoda as a teacher (!) and is little like they are too!
Comic books are gaining in popularity in schools and libraries, and are now considered as a legitimate tool for promoting and fostering literacy.
Children can learn to read as long as there are words around them. Words with pictures make it more exciting. Words with pictures of characters from Star Wars... jackpot.
There are some Lego Star Wars Easy Readers on hold for us at our local library. And while they're a little advanced for the boys to read themselves, they're still tailored for little Star Wars lovers to get excited about reading. Obviously they're popular as there's a long wait time on our library hold!
The boys are enjoying writing letters, counting, and matching beginning sounds with illustrations of Ewoks and Wookies.
And the book that the boys are really excited about next, the second chapter of Star Wars Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan!
The characters are great, they're relatable and fun. When the boys are reading confidently on their own, I know these will be a favorite for them.
And it must be admitted that as a family, we’re in love with Jeffrey Brown. We cheer and run to the book store every time a new book comes out).
I’m going to plug some of those awesome books here:
Thank goodness for Jeffrey Brown, books based on things the boys love, and trusty Bob Books too. As long as there are books like these in the world, I have every reason to believe that Owen and Silas will find joy in reading their whole lives.