Raising Readers thanks to Big Nate

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Being a bit of a book worm myself, it was definitely a goal of mine to raise a reader. Having three boys though, I wasn’t sure it would happen. I’d heard endless stories and stats about how boys don’t like reading and maybe it was true, none of the men in our family did any reading outside of the news. Nevertheless, we started a bedtime story routine when they were babies, I brought them to the library each summer, gifted them with so many books our shelves are full and even have a dedicated bin just for our holiday themed books that I bring out each Christmas. 

At 11 years old, my son still grabs a book on his way out the door to read in the car, reads to himself before bed and hasn’t met a Big Nate book that he didn’t like. Guess what? We raised a reader afterall! 

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Reading hasn’t come easy to his younger brothers like it did for my oldest and they struggle getting the words right, but they work hard at it. It’s nice that they have an older brother to role model a love for reading and make it look so cool. He shares his favourites with them and pretty soon they are all fighting over copies of Big Nate. 

Maybe it’s the comic style images that hook them in or the silly dialogue, but Big Nate has definitely won shelf space over the last couple years and it’s now a family favourite. My boys will read the series over and over again. And as long as their reading, I’m one happy mom!


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Big Nate follows the adventures and misadventures of Nate Wright, a spirited and rebellious sixth-grader, along with his classmates and teachers. He is portrayed as a boy with little interest in studies or conforming to standards. The lack of interest leads him into several conflicts with his social studies teacher Mrs. Godfrey, whom he considers his nemesis. The Big Nate books also focus on Nate’s home life and friendships with his best friends, Francis and Teddy. 


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The Big Nate series is popular with tween boys and there are over 30 to choose from! With that many books it would seem impossible to run out, but it’s actually getting harder and harder to track down ones my son hasn’t read yet!

Publishers Andrews McMeel also publish the Calvin and Hobbes comics that I grew up reading in the local newspaper myself. I’m looking forward to introducing my boys to Calvin and Hobbes this Christmas. With similar comic style images and another mischievous main character male, I know it will be a hit and might just be their next favourite to start collecting. 

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Calvin and Hobbes follows the humorous antics of Calvin, a precocious, mischievous and adventurous six-year-old boy, and Hobbes, his sardonic stuffed tiger. Set in the contemporary suburban United States, the strip depicts Calvin’s frequent flights of fancy and his friendship with Hobbes. It also examines Calvin’s relationships with family and classmates, especially the love/hate relationship between him and his classmate, Susie Derkins. Hobbes’ dual nature is a defining motif for the strip: to Calvin, Hobbes is a living anthropomorphic tiger; all the other characters see Hobbes as an inanimate stuffed toy. The living Hobbes is supposed to represent how imaginative kids see their stuffed animals


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Are you raising readers too? Enter below for a chance to win 2 Big Nate Books – 

  1. Big Nate All Work and No Play
  2. Big Nate: What’s A Little Noogie Between Friends?

Open to Canadian resident’s only, ends Dec 15th 2017 at 11:59pm

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Slip a Big Nate book into a stocking this Christmas! 


  1. Right now my granddaughter is reading They All saw a Cat as she loves cats.

  2. Caryn Coates says:

    My boys love Green Eggs and Ham

  3. kathy downey says:

    My child’s favourite book to read is Green Eggs & Ham

  4. at the moment it is any Curious George book

  5. Chandra O'Connor says:

    my fav books were the Pippi Longstocking ones

  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    At the moment my grandchildren (6 & 9) are both enthralled by the Harry Potter series.

  7. My kids love Love You Forever!

  8. Jennifer L. says:

    My son loves Harry Potter.

  9. Jennifer P. says:

    My daughter LOVES to read, I’d say it’s her favourite thing to do! Right now her favourite book is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. She’s hoping to complete the series by getting the next books for Christmas.

  10. Jocelyne Alldrick says:

    Awesome giveaway! I don’t think my boys have read either of those books! Would be great to win for them…right now they are into all the big nate books and captain underpants series

  11. Right now my granddaughter is reading anything Paw Patrol, ugh

  12. My son is reading Captain Underpants

  13. Both my granddaughters really like Dorah’s books!

  14. My girls are into the Cupcake Diaries.

  15. Goodnight Moon right now for my son!

  16. Kate Hearn says:

    My oldest kiddo loves the Captain underpants series

  17. My son’s favourite book is anything with Pete the Cat.

  18. Erika Letson says:

    Right now he likes the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. I think he would also enjoy these!

  19. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    My little cousins love so many, I literally can’t think of a favorite.

  20. Sab Edwards says:

    Emily has a joke book that she loves and tells new jokes to us every time we visit

  21. My son loves Tales of a 4th grade nothing…he loves the Fudge character

  22. Some of my son’s favourite books are The Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

  23. my son loves the wimpy kid series

  24. SweetPanda says:

    My daughter loves Dork’s Diary

  25. Travelbuds says:

    My son loves the Big Nate books. He also loves the Warriors #1: Into the Wild.

  26. VIctoria Ess says:

    My niece loves Bernstein Bears!

  27. Harry Potter

  28. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    My daughter loves Curious George books.

  29. Jeannie Lam says:

    My son loves the Geronimo stilton books right now.

  30. angie andrews says:

    Captain Underpants

  31. Elva Roberts says:

    My eldest son became interested in reading by reading a book about a wolf. That sparked his interest in them and he would read books about them

  32. ivy pluchinsky says:

    My niece loves books about cats or kittens!

  33. My son really enjoys any of the Pete the Cat books.

  34. My son’s favortie book is When A Monster Calls

  35. crystal porter says:

    Diary of a Wimpy kid is my sons favourite

  36. Wendy Jensen says:

    The Cat in the Hat is the favorite book.

  37. Michelle T says:

    Captain Underpants is my son’s absolute favourite at the moment – would be nice to find another series just to mix it up a bit!

  38. Rosemary Little says:

    Right now my boy is in to all the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

  39. my sons loves the Diary of a Wimpy kid series!

  40. The book is Daddy’s Home

  41. jay nelson says:

    My son Loves Dogman! He has troubles reading and I find graphic novels appeal to him rather than a big wall of text.

  42. Ooooh…he is asleep so I can’t ask, and there are so many options! He loves the Captain Underpants books, and the Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior series too. Together we have enjoyed the Magic Tree House, and Spirit Animals series so much as well. He loves Big Nate too!

  43. My kids love Geronimo Stilton.

  44. My child’s favorite is any Curious George book.

  45. My youngest daughter loves the Dork Diaries books right now.

  46. Amanda Masters says:

    I’m so lucky my kids are avid readers. Anything starwars at the moment. My daughter just finished Ahsoka.

  47. My son loves the Dairy of a Wimp Kid series and his favourite book is Dog Days.

  48. My son loves Stink books and captain awesome

  49. Christina O says:

    Any Diary of a Wimpy Kid book.

  50. My son’s favourite book is the picture book version of The Jungle Book.

  51. Florence Cochrane says:

    My daughter was an avid reader and still is. The Wizard of Oz I had to read over and over to her as a child. She also read Calvin and Hobbes.

  52. Love you forever says:

    My daughter loves Love you Forever!

  53. I love tales of a fourth grade nothing

  54. Scaredy Squirrel

  55. My sons love big nates, archies and Calvin and Hobbs

  56. My son has had many favourite books…starting with Green Eggs and Ham and How the Grinch Stole Christmas to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants! And he loves “Fact” books too!

  57. George Meek says:

    I have a full collection of Calvin & Hobbs and at age 79 I reread them often..Would love to win more to share with the children next door to enjoy.

  58. Dale Steele Nicolov says:

    My sons favorite book was The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

  59. Actually, Big Nate is one of his new favourite series. That and Captain Underpants.

  60. right now my son’s fav book is DogMan

  61. Martin Keating says:

    Winnie the Poo

  62. my son is currently reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid , he really wants some space books for Christmas

  63. Lee-Ann Sleegers says:

    Miss R’s favourite book at the moment is Wonder.

  64. My daughter loves anything silly

  65. The Tiger Who Came to Tea

  66. Goodnight Moon has always been a favourite!

  67. Johanne D says:

    My son really enjoys the Diary of Wimpy Kid books

  68. my step granddaughter likes frosty the snowman right now

  69. My boys are into the Geronimo Stilton adventure books right now.

  70. My oldest girl loves reading Nancy Drew at the moment.

  71. Antoinette M says:

    She likes the Princess in Black.

  72. Elizabeth Robinson says:

    My granddaughter loves the cat in the hat.

  73. Christine Da Silva says:

    Too many favourites!.. Harry Potter, Dr. Suess, and her new favourite is Good Morning Canada!

  74. My niece’s favourite books are the Dr Suess books.

  75. Juliee Fitze says:

    Right now my grandson is reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

  76. My child’s favorite book is:

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