Did you know that Darwin was an avid breeder of fancy pigeons? No really. Breeding fancy pigeons was a thing respectable people did in the 1850s. But why pigeons, and not, say dogs?
Granted by John David Anderson What the book’s about: Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets is a fairy-in-training in the magical land of Haven. Her job, should she be…
The Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem What The Star Diaries is about I was more than a little surprised to see The Eleven-Year-Old pick up this…
Summer is in full force here at Caterpickles Central, and someone’s reading list this week reflects it. See if you can figure out The Eleven-Year-Old’s summer…
This week, The Eleven-Year-Old indulges in a bit of not-too-scary horror courtesy of Troy Cumming’s The Notebook of Doom and K. A. Applegate’s Animorphs series.
This week, The Eleven-Year-Old stumbled across Laurie Halse Anderson’s Fever 1893, and discovered Jon Scieszka’s Guys Read anthology series (she really wants me to tell you that the Guys Read anthology isn’t just for guys).
This week, The Eleven-Year-Old raids her school library to bring home books about kids who have dogs and other kids who have siblings. This is why we read books, right? To read about experiences that aren’t our own?
If I could change one thing about parenting, it would be to have it commonly accepted that parents & kids should keep reading books together well into middle school. My fifth grader and I both read Beth Vrabel’s Pack of Dorks this past weekend and it opened up so many excellent conversations about friendship, bullying, and having the courage to be your own person.
This week, The Ten-Year-Old puts down her screen for some old-school fun, courtesy of the folks behind Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun. She also spent quite a lot of time being appalled at the conditions Japanese Americans endured during WWII, after reading The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13599, Mirror Lake Internment Camp.
This week, The Ten-Year-Old spent several happy hours with The Magic Thief by @SPrineas and trying to draw dinosaurs like the ones in John Malam’s Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures.