During the second half of the year, I decided to read books that had a great story, but perhaps were too challenging for them to read themselves. My idea was that I could also expose them to interesting vocabulary and give them reason to think about things that were unfamiliar, and imagine the characters. I read The Secret Garden.... which was a bit challenging for me to read because of the English dialect... but the kids absolutely loved it. (and it is one of my favorite books) I also read the Tale of Despereaux, and the BFG. All of those are books that older kids might enjoy, but they were a wonderful success.