From the day I first found out I was having a baby girl, I looked forward to passing on my favorite childhood books, and envisioned us reading out loud together like Mom and I did a long time ago (Cheaper by the Dozen -- best front porch reading ever!). Come to think of it, I would absolutely love to read aloud with my boy too, even though I have always pictured it as a mother-daughter thing with Ramona, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Anne of Green Gables, Caddie Woodlawn, and all of those classic girl heroines. But of course, there are plenty of books with boys as the main characters, and no reason why either type of book wouldn't appeal to both sexes. I enjoyed Hatchet, It's Like This, Cat, and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing when I was little. I read a LOT as a kid, and it is my pleasure to pass on the love of reading to my kids, although I hope that they are able to find a balance between reading and lots of other things. I preferred books to people, and really, to anything else from about age 10 on. That led to a lot of social awkwardness and some difficulty living in the "real world." From me the kids will maybe get their love of quiet, individual pursuits. From their dad, I hope they get a healthy enjoyment of things like team sports. Then they will be well-rounded individuals.
We are only about halfway through the Ramona series, and at the rate we're going it will take an entire year to get through them. There are also a wealth of other Beverly Cleary books to dig into once we're done. I know there are a few movies out there based on the books, and I glanced at one at the library. I see one Beezus and Ramona has Selena Gomez as the star. Interesting. Would we like it or would it be a big disappointment?