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


Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Nine-Year-Old’s desk. This week, The Nine-Year-Old reads a meditation on kindness masquerading as a children’s chapter book and discovers The Lightning Thief.

A sampling of this week’s books:

In case you haven’t read it, R. J. Palacio’s Wonder tells the story of Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an out-of-the-ordinary face, a face that his classmates at Beecher Prep are having a terrible time getting past. Palacio tells Auggie’s story from a variety of different perspectives — Auggie, his classmates, his sister, and her boyfriend all have a turn in the spotlight. The result is a chapter book filled with insights on the enduring power of kindness, empathy, and ultimately, acceptance.

In other news, The Nine-Year-Old’s third grade teacher began reading Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief to the class this week. There’s no way the class will finish reading it before school’s out, and there is no universe in which The Nine-Year-Old will find not finishing this book acceptable. Which is why, The Nine-Year-Old informed me, our very first trip after school gets out for the summer will be to the library so that The Nine-Year-Old can get her hands on this book (and inevitably, three or four others). Bet we won’t be the only ones there. Strong work, Mrs. Davis!

A sampling of this week’s news: 

As you know, The Nine-Year-Old loves reading dinosaur, space, and animal news each week. But I don’t love her browsing the Internet unattended. Usually I print out the articles I link to here on Caterpickles for her, but this week our printer ran out of toner.

So this week, I’m experimenting with using Storify to collect the stories for her instead.

StorifyCaterpicklesJune3Take a look and see what you think.

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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 will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-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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