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.
This week, The Ten-Year-Old does the nearly impossible — finds a not-too-scary book about vampires (Fangtastic! by Sienna Mercer) and a not-too-scary book about space (Terra: Crash Course by Landry Q. Walker).
This week, instead of telling you about what my daughter’s reading, I want to tell you about a great book I’m reading. Friendship challenges in K-6 are just as complicated and emotionally fraught as ever. In Little Girls Can Be Mean, Michelle Anthony and Reyna Lindert describe a simple, four-step process that parents can use to teach their children to navigate these tricky social situations on their own.
During this week’s trip to our local library, The Ten-Year-Old discovered Doreen Cronin’s The Chicken Squad series. Of course, now that she’s realized that the book she picked out is actually the second book in the series, and not the first, she’s lobbying to go back to the library STAT. My master plan is working nicely.