It's been a long time since I've written a book post and they are one of my favorite parts of blogging so I'm mixing it up and posting this now (further postponing the school year wrap up).
I'm reading: Now that I can put aside all the baby sleep books, I moved along to something a little more fun! My sister (and everyone else it seems) has been after me to read Kristin Lavransdatter. I saw Alicia mention it the other day and it seems a good fit for this summer. I'm really enjoying it so far!
To the children: The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I was desperately searching for a new read aloud about six weeks ago. Later that day I found myself talking to a stranger who just happened to be a librarian for over 20 years. She insisted, without any prompting, that we read The Invention of Hugo Cabret. We are about halfway through. It's a compelling story with enchanting illustrations.
To my 9yo son: When I was in the fifth grade, my teacher read us The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It seemed so odd and indulgent to be read to at that age that I couldn't quite believe that she did it, day after day. I wanted to set the Narnia books apart so we are reading them together this summer. We are on The Horse and His Boy right now and he is enjoying them much more than his sister did before him. It's fascinating to see what books resonate with each child.
And on his own: He's making a serious dent in the Magic Treehouse series this summer. It seems a little lightweight to me, but they are the first books he's really gotten excited about. I do moderate it with some more challenging literature but I'm not discouraging it at all. Reading should be enjoyable.
My 13yo daughter: Can I just say it's been tricky? I thought she should make her way through the Anne of Green Gables books this summer but she just hasn't warmed to them. She is reading Anne of the Island and thinks the plot is too romantic now. She tossed aside the later Betsy-Tacy books for the same reason, "They are so boy crazy, Mama!". Any suggestions for quality literature that isn't romantic in nature? Fiction, non-fiction, it matters not.
To the baby: Gyu Fujikawa. Love. Nina sent me a few Gyo Fujikawa books when our little baby was born and she loves them above all others. For her birthday, she received Sleepy Time and Babies. They are adorable and the little dresses the girls wear! I want to make every one for my baby girl.
A wee little toddler just crawled into my lap, so I'm going to wrap this up.
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