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Summer Reading: Bridge To Terabithia, Blue Baboon

Bridge To Terabithia

What is the best age range for Bridge To Terabithia

Now, that the kids are out of school for the summer we’re enjoying reading for fun. We checked out a bunch of books from our local library including Bridge To Terabithia. Every night we read a few pages.

Age Range For Bridge To Terabithia

The age range for this classic Newberry Medal winner is 9 to 12 years. Bridgette is 6 and Sullivan is 8. I contemplated whether or not I should read it to them because – spoiler alert – one of the main characters in the book dies.

But, both kids will have birthdays soon, so this is a good exercise for me. They aren’t babies anymore. (Wahhhh!) Plus, my teenager loved this book as a tween so I feel good about reading it to them. The movie is fabulous, too. The kids are making plans for turning a small area of the backyard into their own little Terabithia. I can’t wait to see what they come up with together!

Bridge To Terabithia is one of my favorite books. Did you know the two main characters, Leslie and Jess were born in the mid-to-late 60s? That makes them decidedly Gen-Xers. The setting of the book is the Rural South in the late 1970s. This book means so much to me and I’m happy to share it with my children.

Another short, delightful book we’ve read is The Blue Baboon In The Big Balloon. It’s geared toward early or intermediate readers ages 3 to 7. It was perfect for my 6-year-old. The rhymes in this book sing and the pictures are wonderful. I wanted to read it again and again! Get it on Amazon Kindle for about $9.

The Blue Baboon in the Big Balloon

The Blue Baboon in the Big Balloon

Bridgette loved it so much she drew her own blue baboon in a big purple balloon.

I’ve started covering the breakfast/homework table with brown paper sacks. It lasts about a week and saves on paper.

Drawing on paper sacks

Drawing on paper sacks

I’ve started covering the breakfast/homework table with brown paper sacks. It lasts about a week and saves on paper.

What are you reading this summer? What do you think is the best age range for Bridge To Terabithia? Do you think I’m letting my kids read the book too early?

Gen X Blog Jennifer Chronicles

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