Chronicling the books we read to our children (and perhaps the books they read themselves). Can we read 500 before they turn 12? Only time will tell.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Catching up

Well, after several weeks of travel in August and September in which we hardly read at all, we're finally back to a schedule of sorts. Reading to the kids has become much more difficult lately, as Trevor (4 months) is taking a lot of our time, and we have to juggle reading to Jaymie, Julia, and Stanley separately. I've started reading The Last Battle to Jaymie. I was dismayed to find that all of the books now have a "Author of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, A Major Motion Picture Holiday 2005" label on them. Blech. The story is quite a bit darker than the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia, and I'm a bit worried that Jaymie might not do so well with it (we had to abandon The Wizard of Oz because it was giving her nightmares).

Kristen got a number of books from the library for Stanley, and he has been enjoying them. They include Nancy White Carlstrom's Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear, Marjorie Flack's Ask Mr. Bear, and Candice Ransom's The Big Green Pocketbook.

I got some other books for Julia, including Stranger in the Mirror by Allen Say (kind of a weird story about a boy who comes to understand what it's like to get old when he wakes up looking like his grandfather), and If I Ran The Zoo and Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss.

Jaymie has been reading like crazy since school has started, in contrast to her summer when she read very little. At the beginning of the school year Kristen and I picked fifteen books out of the pile of books I bought at various library and school sales this summer, with the idea that she would read one a week until the end of the year. So far, she's plowed through

  1. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield

  2. Follow My Leader by James B. Garfield

  3. Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson

  4. Winter Camp by Kirkpatrick Hill

  5. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

  6. Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry

I'll try to post at least weekly now that school has started back up.


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