A few months ago I wrote about me reading the Harry Potter series to my son, D. He is now 7 years old, and definitely ready for the books. I was so excited to read them with him; I tore through the books as they came out several years ago, and loved losing myself in the wizarding world. I had hoped that D would enjoy the books as much as I did....and I'm thrilled that he loves them even more than I could have hoped for! He hangs onto every word, and remember details that I quickly forget.
We are now 2/3 of the way done with book 3 (The Prisoner of Azkaban). I'm surprised at how quickly we've moved through them; after all, we just started with book 1 in February! After we read each book, we watch the movie during a special movie night (complete with popcorn and Drumstick ice-cream cones!) Of course, he's only watched the first two movies so far, but watching the movies together after reading the books has added to our shared experience.
It's nice seeing him branch out from his Star Wars mania, too. He has been deeply into Star Wars for a few years now, although I don't see his love for all things Anakin Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi fading anytime soon. I love asking him questions like "would you rather be a Jedi or a wizard?" or "would you rather hold a light saber or a wand?" or "would you rather fly in an x-wing fighter or on a broomstick?" Questions like those send him into a tizzy, as he CANNOT choose between his two loves, Star Wars and Harry Potter.
I have been reading the books out loud to him. He is more than capable of reading the books on his own, but I really wanted to share the entire experience with him. It's been good for many reasons: I get to re-read the books; when we come to a word he doesn't know I define it for him; we're able to stop for him to ask questions; and, of course, I get my cherished snuggle time.
Last night I asked him if he minded me reading the books to him. I was sure he'd answer yes, as I thought he'd rather read the books on his own, where he could tear through them quicker. His answer surprised me: "No, it's my favorite time of the day. I get to spend time with you and hear the book."
Yes, the kid's a charmer. And he has my heart.