With Thanksgiving just behind us, the winter holidays just ahead, and end-of-term projects galore, it’s been a little crazy around my house lately. We haven’t had a lot of spare time for blogging (or cleaning, or putting away our laundry) – but we did have time to cut down and put up a big, beautiful Christmas tree in our front room – also known as The Library.
We also found time to bring up the Big Box of Winter Books from the basement. (And while the kids were distracted digging into their favorites, I managed to
confiscate collect the remaining Halloween and Fall books and pack them away for next year.)
No matter how busy we get, it seems we always find time for reading – whether it’s curled on the couch before school, in the backseat on the way to swim lessons, or up way past our bedtimes. I’m proud to be raising a household of kids who don’t love to read – they read to live. To them, it’s as much a part of an average day as eating breakfast or getting dressed (and at times, they try to accomplish all three at once.)
What’s big with my littles at the moment? I’m so glad you asked!
My 9 year old is currently obsessed with epic adventures, myths and folk tales – especially with gorgeous illustrations. In her read-over-and-over-again pile right now:
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan/illustrated by John Rocco.
Sukey and the Mermaid by Robert D San Souci and Brain Pinkney
My 7-year-old 1st grader is thrilled with any illustrated chapter books she can get her hands on. The Branches lines of early chapter books from Scholastic have really been a good fit for her this school year. In particular, she loves
Princess Pink and the Land of Fake Believe by Noah Z. Jones
and Kung Pow Chicken by Cyndi Marko
She also can’t get enough of National Geographic Kids magazine and her favorite book of all time, the National Geographic Wild Animal Atlas.
And last, I bring you to my wild and wacky 5 year old, who cannot resist a good laugh – but desperately wants to read it all herself! Currently topping her list:
Pete The Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin/Illustrated by James Dean.
Anything ever written by Mo Willems (she knows where his “section” is in Barnes and Noble)
and the hysterical best-seller, The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak.
SO tell me, what’s hot in your house now that it’s cold outside? I’ll be heading to the library later today – – what should we be checking out next?