What’s The Eight-Year-Old reading this week?

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Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. This week, The Eight-Year-Old is shocked to learn that Mommyo has never read Judy Blume and takes steps to rectify that Great Injustice immediately. 

A sampling of this week’s books:

In the Before Times, as we like to refer to Mommyo’s elementary schooling here at Caterpickles, Judy Blume books were banned from my school library. Which is how I have achieved this Very Great Age without ever reading one. I mentioned this to The Eight-Year-Old one day when I found her buried nose deep in Judy Blume’s Double Fudge. She immediately slammed it shut and handed it to me.

The Eight-Year-Old, firmly: “Mommyo, you have GOT to read this.”

Mommyo: “Don’t you want to finish it first?”

The Eight-Year-Old: “It’s ok. I’ve read it twice already. Judy Blume is my absolute favorite author.”

Given the number of Ivy & Bean books that have passed through our house recently, I would have thought Annie Barrows was The Eight-Year-Old’s favorite author. Apparently not.

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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 Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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