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Serious(ly Silly) Books Your Kids Will Seriously Want to Read

Raising readers is such a precious gift to give to our children. Reading is the key to allow us to unlock unimaginable treasures in life. The potential and possibilities that we acquire through reading will undeniably last a lifetime. The joy of reading came naturally to me as I was an inquisitive kid, always seeking the thrill of a well-written book. My kids are also avid readers, though my youngest is a little more reluctant to actually pick up a book, many thanks to the wonders of technology. Easily remedied, not even my Busy is capable of resisting a visit to our local library or popping into the bookstore for a special treat. It's been my experience that finding reading material, enticing you to want to know what happens next creates the connection necessary to connect with the reader. Sometimes, it's just not that serious. Check out these seriously silly books your kids will seriously want to read.

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Serious(ly Silly) Books Your Kids Will Seriously Want to Read

Photo Credit | Jon Hales
"What do YOU want to be when you grow up?" Perhaps, this question is one of the most serious answers you will have have to come up with in your whole life. It's almost as if the answer to this question will affect your- well, maybe it's serious, but not quite that serious. Author Jon Hales delights kids with a whimsical way to prepare for the future in When I Grow Up. While my second-grader currently has plans of teaching a second grade classroom, much like his own, not everyone is quite as decisive about their career path at eight-years-old. He is sure that this book is hilarious reading, though.

Photo Credit |  Jon Hales

"A little book about counting, featuring all the elements you could possibly need to help with basic addition - a mad professor, cute animals and a machine which transforms those animals into hybrids. Fairly standard stuff, really…" Learning math facts is no joking matter. Mathematics is about as serious as you can get about a subject matter. That is until you have the opportunity to meet the Mathimals, another lively tale written by Hales. Bringing math alive, the Mathimals are seriously insane. Honestly, my son prefers the Mathimals over second grade math facts anyday!

About the Author

Photo Credit | Jon Hales

 Artist. Musician. Brewer. Designer. Footballer. Author. 

These are all things that Jon has dreamed of being paid to do at some point in his life (with varying degrees of connection to reality).  

During his time as a kindergarten teacher, Jon loved reading stories to his students and found it fascinating to see which ones they connected with above all others.

He dreamed of crafting THOSE stories. The ones that kids picked up first every time. The ones they bugged their teachers / parents / caregivers to read to them over and over again. The ones that adults didn’t mind reading one hundred times because they enjoyed the wordplay or loved the illustrations. The ones that contained positive, inclusive messages that didn’t get in the way of the pure enjoyment of reading. 

It’s early days but Jon hopes he’s on the right path to that goal. In any case, it’s becoming increasing unlikely he’s going to be called to play up front for England.

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