My mom told me she blogged about Hunger Games and how she doesn't like teen books because she thinks they are written bad and make kids stupid. I kinda feel the same way. The only people reading Hunger Games at my school are girls so that's why I'm not reading it. I know it's got killing in it and it's supposed to be gross killing but that doesn't bother me because at church we hear stories about saints who get set on fire and that Maccabees story was pretty brutal too.
But don't let her fool you. I wasn't reading Treasure Island and Tom Sawyer at 6. I like some stupid books too like Captain Underpants and I can read a whole Goose Bumps book in about two hours if there is nothing else to do around the house and I am bored enough. My mom mostly read the harder books to me until I learned to read better and we read together every night and sometimes we took turns. She also makes a point to make me read a book first before we see the movie, except The Chipmunks Movie was never a book. She didn't take me to see that anyway because that is what grandparents are for, to take me to the stupid movies. I read the Tin Tin comics before seeing the movie and it made the movie way cooler I think. All those Disney movies were books first too but the books were better too because a lot of those fairy tales were really Grimm. Ha ha.
The first set of books I read by myself was Magic Treehouse. These were a lot of fun and taught me history. When you finish the books you can actually look up the places and people in the story and learn about them online. We would google the people so I could see what they looked like in real life but you do that after you read the story because it's neat to see if they really look like you imagined or the author described. http://www.magictreehouse.com/
When I get more time my mom wants me to write down a bunch of books that I think makes kids smart readers. It doesn't even matter if the books are too hard because your parents can help you with the words and explain the meaning but at least try to read them. Definitely read Peter Pan and Treasure Island. Tom Sawyer is a good one too and Alice in Wonderland is way more weirder than the movie. For fun easy reads I liked Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein.