Wednesday, April 30, 2014
READING AFTER WIMPY KID (it DOES exist!!)
I finally snapped the other day. For about the 800th time I listened while a third grader explained to me that yes, his AR zone is 3.1 and yes, The Third Wheel is a 5.6 but HE UNDERSTANDS ALL OF IT. Forget that the he nailed a 40% on the AR Quiz. HE SHOULD BE READING WIMPY KID.
This time I was not patient. This little guy did not even get to finish before I was tearing through the chapter shelves, practically throwing books on a table. This, and This. HAVE YOU READ THIS? THIS is your zone and this is HILARIOUS! This may be TOO GROSS for you, but whatever. This, I KNOW you have not read this.
He was late for Computer Lab and I may have startled him a little but when my tornado settled I had a large-ish pile of Wimpy Kid type books staring at me.
There is NO WAY I am the only Librarian/ Teacher/ Parent who faces kids who a. insist on "reading" WK when it is simply out of a reader's reach. The style, humor and reputation prove irresistible for young chapter book readers, especially those who struggle. b. refuse to consider other titles after completing the series - after all, Jeff Kinney's last joke was the last one the world heard. Right?
I love the following list of titles I gathered in my craze - it spans 2nd through 7th grade and accommodates readers of all levels in between. This list goes from easy for those aspiring to WK and grows beyond for the WK Graduates.