Are you looking for engaging readers for your middle to upper elementary kids? It’s hard to find books that get reluctant readers interested and finding Geronimo Stilton books was like finding buried treasure in the library! (Geronimo would really appreciate that simile).
These books were always a favorite in our house. It took me a while to find books that my son looked forward to reading without nagging or prodding from me.
When we stumbled upon them, I was thrilled to have found something that kept his attention and motivated him to read on his own. It’s a big milestone when your kid finally grabs a book of their choice and plops down to read it. These were those books for us!
He plowed through them. In fact, these were the first books he asked to buy. One year his wish list was full of Geronimo Stilton titles. How sweet, right?
Recommended for ages 7-10, grades 2nd-5th, these chapter books are sure to please even the most reluctant reader. They are the perfect introduction to chapter books and each one is filled with entertaining jokes and engaging illustrations.
Geronimo Stilton Books
Geronimo Stilton is an editor in chief of The Rodent’s Gazette, the most “famous” newspaper in New Mouse City. He’s also the author of his own best-selling book series.
He’s a timid single guy afraid of new adventures yet finds himself reluctantly traveling the globe with his friends and family solving mysteries and completing research for his next big story.
4 Reasons to Love Geronimo Stilton Series
- Visual. Each book is full of colorful and inviting artwork. Great for keeping focus and grabbing the reader’s attention.
- Fast-paced. Short chapters jam packed with adventure.
- Amusing. Each page is full of silly jokes and fun facts.
- Vocabulary builder. New vocabulary is brought to life with word pictures.
Words jump off the page through the witty illustrations. New vocabulary stands out and kids remember it!
10 Fun Things To Teach Using Geronimo Stilton Books
One/Learn literary devices in a fun way.
Be on the lookout for examples of literary devices such as:
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What is onomatopoeia?
Other than it being my favorite little gem found in these books, it’s a literary device to know and super fun to teach.
First, let’s take a minute to appreciate how fun this word is to say. If this is a new word for your kids, be sure to listen to the pronunciation.
“Onomatopoeia is the process of creating a word that phonetically imitates, resembles, or suggests the sound that it describes.”
For example, a dry fall leaf crunches underfoot.
A bumblebee buzzes around the backyard.
Geronimo Stilton must love Onomatopoeia too because the word pictures he uses to show the reader this literary device are perfection for a visual learner.
How many examples of onomatopoeia can you find in each chapter?
Two/Have a fun vocabulary scavenger hunt.
Make a list of new words you find in each chapter. It won’t be hard for your kids to find them!
Three/Focus on character development.
You will fall in love with the characters. They are full of personality. For example, Geronimo Stilton is quite the “scaredy-mouse”, but he is always going on an adventure and facing lot of fears to get there.
Have your child pick a favorite character and follow his/her character development throughout the story.
Four/Nurture a love for famous mystery novels and authors.
If your geek level is as high as mine, and I assume it must be if you’re reading this post, you’ll love the fun facts that pop up for adults too.
These books are a great bridge to a study about other famous mystery titles and authors. There’s even a nod to some characters you might recognize like Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s well-known fictional Belgian detective.
What a fun way to introduce your reader to other books, authors, and the mystery genre!
Five/Cultivate a love for history and geography.
Not only does Geronimo Stilton live in the center of New Mouse City, he reluctantly travels around the globe. Each book will land the reader in a new place.
These books are great for learning state facts, especially New York, and they’re also the perfect addition to a history and geography study about where the setting takes place.
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Six/ Have some cheesy food fun.
Geronimo Stilton is a cheese connoisseur. He eats lots cheese. He talks about cheese. He makes “punny” jokes about cheese. It’s impossible to not want to snack on some cheesy delights of some kind.
- Create a cheese platter and sample some new snacks.
- Make homemade macaroni and cheese.
- Look at moldy cheese under a microscope.
- Have a cheese fondue night.
Geronimo Stilton Series
Seven/Nurture a love for timeless treasures like antiques.
Any antique lovers out there? Well, you will love Geronimo Stilton’s eye for timeless treasures. If your kids are into antiques, visit a few thrift stores and hunt for treasures.
Check out American Pickers or Antiques Roadshow.
Eight/Learn how to plan a trip.
Plan a vacation to the destination in your book. Estimate the cost of flight, hotel, and car rental. Research prices on the internet to find the best deals.
How much will you need to for food and spending? What activities will you do while you’re there? Add the cost of excursions or admissions to special events or destinations.
Nine/ Learn how to face fear.
Geronimo must face lots of fears to travel, solve mysteries, and go on each adventure. These are a great way to talk to your kids about fears, anxiety, and coping skills.
Ten/Learn about nurturing family ties.
I love the Geronimo is a family guy! He spends a lot of time with his nephew, Benjamin and his sister, Thea. It’s a great opportunity to focus on the importance of family.
- Create a family tree.
- Research your family’s origin.
- Send an email to a family member to brighten their day.
- Do something nice for a sibling.
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What do you love most about the Geronimo Stilton books.
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