What is your earliest memory of having someone read a chapter book to you? Do you have a memory of reading a chapter book to a child?

I remember my second grade teacher reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobeby C.S. Lewis.  The memory is still very clear -- the classroom, my teacher, her desk, how the student desks were arranged, where she kept theChronicles of Narnia boxed set on her bookshelf.

The first chapter book I read to my daughter was The Seeing Stone of the Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. I was tutoring a fourth grader that was obsessed with the books, so I thought I would give them a try myself.  My daughter noticed I was reading something without her, did not want to be left out of a good book, and asked that I read them to her.  We breezed through the series that summer. 

This week I had the excitement of reading my son his first chapter book,Zeke Meeks vs. The Horrifying TV-Turnoff Week by D.L. Green, illustrated by Josh Alves. He loved it!

My kids enjoyed checking
out the Tongue Flied App!

Josh Alves is an illustrator and designer that has leveraged the power of social media and networking to quickly become noticed in the publishing world.  According to his website, "After spending nearly a decade working for one of the largest daily newspapers I decided to take the plunge into full-time illustration and design in early 2011."  He has used the social networking site Twitter, to land many illustrations jobs.  It later helped him get in touch with the art director that selected him to illustrate the Zeke Meeks chapter books. (joshalves.com)  The first four books of the Zeke Meeks series, which feature his "Saturday morning cartoon" illustration style (Capstone Kids), became available in January 2012 and four more books are coming in January 2013.  He has also written and designed the interactive eBooks Baxter Beaver's Bad Breath and Even a Mouse which are available from the Interactive Touch Books App. My kids were also impressed with the Tongue Flied game app that he illustrated and designed for the iPad and iPhone.

We began our birthday celebration for Josh Alves by reading two Zeke Meeks chapter books.  My five-year-old son loved them and talked me into reading more chapters than I bargained for each night before bed.  Zeke is a third grader who is not the smartest or most popular kid in his class.  He loves TV and video games, really hates bugs, and is scared of his classmate Grace Chang's fingernails.  There was a lot to like about this book including the silly rhymes sung by Zeke's younger sister Mia, illustrations to accompany the text on just about every page spread, and lots of boy-humor! These were great books to be the first chapter books that I read to my son.  But, it is important to note that my daughter highly recommends the books too as she was equally as entertained. - Click Here to Read More -

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