One of my biggest concerns when my son was born, was that I must encourage his love of reading. To me, reading is one of my favourite ways to relax I love books and if you ever take a tour of our house you will find books in every room.

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But, as a former teacher, I saw how quickly boys were turned off of reading. It wasn’t just because there was so much else to do but also there is a large push towards girls books in the book stores.

So far we have been lucky because of his interest in animals (ok obsession with animals) he’s loved reading non-fiction books but we’ve struggled with ways to get him to read fiction, something that I know will help him with his creative writing, imagination and also in Literacy in school.

A Series of Unfortunate Events Read Along

This winter though we have discovered a way that he will read fiction books and they really capture his imagination. The Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket has enabled him and my husband to connect over books. Another important factor with boys reading seeing men in their lives read as well.

J is 7 and a half, although he’s a fantastic reader he has the attention span of a 7 and a half-year-old so our read along is taking time. We’re working as a family to read the books ahead of watching the episodes and then spend time after talking about the differences that we notice.

As a family, we aim to listen to the kids read once a day either before bed or after breakfast. With J and the books in the series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, we are finding them a great read together before bed. Instead of listening to J read every page of the book we are alternating and as he gets tired we take over and read to him.

This means that we are averaging half a book a week and since the 13th January when the series became live we’re now up to the start of book 3 The Wide Window and will be starting that this week.

Reading Along and Before

As I mentioned when I introduced the read along last month I always try and read the book before the movie comes out because I like to have my own ideas before I see other people’s interpretation of the book. However, both my husband and son have asked whether we could swap the sequence to watch the episode and then read following it.

They both commented that they found it easier to create a picture in their head with having a starting point of what the scene would look like the characters and even their voices.

For me though…. I’m sticking with me book before movie but to encourage J to explore more fiction books we’ll go with this idea at the moment!

A Series of Unfortunate Events Details

You can catch the A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix and join us reading along. If do why not use the hashtag #ASOUEBooks and or #ASOUE on social media to let us know that you are reading.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Egmont Publishing and Netflix on A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.


  1. I like the idea of watching a story before reading it. It really does help you form a picture in your head. Like you, I love to read the book first though so I can create my own picture.

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