I am reading Sideways Stories from Wayside School to my kids and every night around supper time, Levi starts asking me if I will be reading that night. This is a first. He always likes to be read to, but this is the first book that is requesting me to read at night.
Sideways Stories from Wayside School is a wacky and silly book about the students and teachers at Wayside School. I have yet to find a kid who did not like to hear it read or read it. I started reading it to kids when I taught fourth grade and I loved reading it to them. There are 2 more books in the series which I have read, but not recently.
Louis Sachar is the author of Holes and it's sequel, Small Steps. Holes is one of my favorite books. He also wrote There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom. It is about a boy who doesn't fit in at school and a school counselor who develops a relationship with him and changes his life. I really enjoyed reading it. It was funny, honest, and touching.
Louis also has a series for beginning readers which is great. It is the Marvin Redpost series. It is written on the 2nd grad reading level, but is very interesting and funny. I enjoyed reading them. They are short chapter books about 40 pages long. Levi read 2 last night, and told me that the endings surprised him.
You can probably tell I am a huge Louis Sachar fan. His website tells about all of his books and has the script of an interview with him. I think I am going to read some of it to my kids.
We will probably be reading Small Steps soon, too.