We interrupt our regularly scheduled transmission to bring you this important news update. This morning The Five-Year-Old officially reached her goal of reading 30 books this summer.

Congratulations, The Five-Year-Old!

We’ll tell you about some (more) of her favorite books from this summer’s reading project tomorrow.

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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3 Responses to GOOOOOOOOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Victoria says:

    Please pass along our congratulations. We’re very proud of her!!


  2. Barbara says:

    WOW, we are proud of her too. Way to go 5 year old!!!!!! A big congratulations from Grandpa and Grandma.


  3. That is excellent! I remember how much fun summer reading programs were!


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