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Category Archives: What the 9YO is reading
Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe Being able to explain complicated ideas in simple terms is one of my favorite art forms. In Thing Explainer, Randall Munroe sets out to explain how complicated stuff like the microwave (food-heating radio boxes), the International Space Station … Continue reading
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson What the book’s about: The Nine-Year-Old read this book as part of her school’s Global Reading Challenge. I think I may have mentioned this before, but in case I haven’t, for the Global Reading Challenge, the … Continue reading
The Dandelion Caper by Gene DeWeese What the book’s about: Another gem from The Nine-Year-Old’s school library, The Dandelion Caper tells the story of Walter and his friend Kathy. Walter and Kathy specialize in rescuing tourists from outer space, but they are … Continue reading
Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring by Enigma Alberti While we were in Washington, DC last week, we visited the International Spy Museum on F Street. We highly recommend it. Take it from us, though, if you go, your … Continue reading
The Complete Periodic Table by Adrian Dingle (Basher Science Series) What the book’s about: Adrian Dingle’s Complete Periodic Table devotes a page or two to each of the 115 elements, giving each element a voice, a shape, and a distinct personality. Each entry tells … Continue reading
Cobblestone from Cricket Media What the book’s about: Cobblestone is an American history magazine geared to children. This month’s issue explores Chicago’s history and is packed with fascinating tidbits that have already sparked more than one intriguing dinnertime conversation. Why … Continue reading
Lunchbox and the Aliens by Bryan W. Fields Tucked in amongst all the Warriors books from The Nine-Year-Old’s babysitter was this surprising little gem by Bryan W. Fields. Lunchbox is your average basset hound and knows it — or maybe … Continue reading
If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island by Ellen Levine What the book’s about: Ellen Levine’s book talks about what it was like for people who immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1914. Although the title implies … Continue reading
First Light by Rebecca Stead What the book’s about: Rebecca Stead’s young adult novel follows 12-year-old Peter on a trip to Greenland. His father, a glaciologist, and his mother, a genetic scientist are headed to Greenland to study the effects … Continue reading