The inhumanity of it!

Oh, horror!

I can’t find enough dragon books at my daughter’s reading level and age. She’s not yet ten and reading at such a high level of comprehension that we can’t find books suitable for her as far as content goes. She still likes animal main characters, magic, and exciting stories. No girlie books for her–she’s a tom boy like her mother.

She’s already read the following books:

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
The Last Dragon Chronicles series by Chris D’Lacey
Wings of Fire (the whole series but the last–just received today)
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

There might be a couple of others she’s read that I’m not remembering. She’s currently reading Eragon, which is why she hasn’t started the last Wings of Fire book yet. At the rate she’s devouring it, however, she’ll have that finished tomorrow (after only five days). It took a while to get her to start that, because the dragon is not the main character. I had to bribe her with the promise of yet another stuff dragon toy from Barnes and Noble. Once she got into it, however, that wasn’t an issue.

We made a deal with our kids (six year old also) at the beginning of summer regarding reading and electronic games. My kids are among the many addicted to Minecraft. Because they would go on for hours with it, but we want them reading, we made a deal at the beginning of this past summer. They get one minute of play time for every minute of reading that they do. For the six year old, we ended up giving her fifteen minutes for each book she read, since books at her level of reading take only five to ten minutes to read. She’s also an advanced reader already in first grade. This bargain has been a win-win for all of us. We get kids who want to read and they earn time to play their games (Xbox, computer, or 3DS). If they’re particularly good, we’ll give them “free time” to play extra long, but if they’re naughty, we also take time away.

Getting oldest to start reading was difficult for the first few years of school, but in the past year, she started finding books she liked. Thanks to the Scholastic book orders, I saved money on the MANY books we bought to keep her reading.

Lately, oldest has been on a dragon book binge. Oh, she likes other books–Marley, Rainbow Fairies, Wolves of the Beyond, etc.–but right now it’s totally dragons. If anyone out there can name some fun dragon middle grade books, please let me know. This is a great problem to have, but at the same time, I don’t want her to lose her momentum!

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