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


Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. This week, The Eight-Year-Old mixes things up with a magazine recommendation.

A sampling of this week’s books:

The Eight-Year-Old’s Scholastic book order came in last week and everyone at Caterpickles Central was suitably excited: The Eight-Year-Old because she finally had enough reading material to last Two Whole Days (!), and Mommyo, because there was no question which books would make Friday Reads this week.

Although we don’t order every time, The Eight-Year-Old pours over every issue of the Scholastic book catalog in hopes that this month will be the month that we do. Truthfully, we order more often than we probably should. In part because oh my goodness it’s hard to keep The Eight-Year-Old in books, but also because it’s a great opportunity to give The Eight-Year-Old a lesson in sticking to a budget without actually lecturing her about it. On the months we do order, I give The Eight-Year-Old a $15 budget and tell her she can order whatever she wants, as long as $15 will cover it. Whittling down her wish list of 30 or more books to the top 2-3 can be a challenge, but so far, The Eight-Year-Old’s been up to it.

This last time around, the force was strong in The Eight-Year-Old, so it came as no surprise that the first book she pulled out of her backpack on book delivery day was a fictional biography of Luke Skywalker. The second book to emerge, Ranger in Time, was a bit of a surprise. I had no idea The Eight-Year-Old liked stories about time traveling dogs.

There was another surprise lurking for The Eight-Year-Old on Scholastic Book Delivery Day, although Scholastic had nothing to do with it. The March issue of Ranger Rick arrived, and The Eight-Year-Old devoured it from cover to cover. The panda issue, The Eight-Year-Old informed me over dinner last night, is their best issue yet.

A sampling of this week’s news:

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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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