Blogging isn’t the only thing I’m having a hard time making time for nowadays; so is reading aloud. Oh, we always have a chapter book going, but I’m finding that all the picture book reading I usually also share with my girls has been all but eliminated in the extra time that I’m giving to six week old Benny. I still read to the DLM daily, but his picks lately have been books I’ve shared before. I have to be very intentional about reading a picture book now and then to my girls. In fact, I have a nice little stack to share with them that I’ve had for almost three weeks now, and I’ve only managed to read two of them with them. Aaaaack! This, too, is a season, and it will soon be past. I just hope my girls and I haven’t fallen entirely out of the habit of picture book reading when it does!
We did read together and enjoy Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone. This is another big winner in the picture book biography category. Stone paints a vivid picture of Elizabeth Blackwell as a child: headstrong, curious, and tough, though not initially well suited to a medical career. (As a child she was grossed out by a cow’s eye dissection, and she detested being given special attention when she herself was sick.) Stone also depicts an era in which women were not expected to aspire to just any career, and when Elizabeth Blackwell fully realized the limitations on her gender, she embraced the challenge. The tone of this book is breezy and light, but the message is a weighty one in that Elizabeth Blackwell paved the way for other women to then do what she had done. It’s a fun story to read aloud. Fans of Marjorie Priceman (here, here, here, and here) will recognize her trademark illustrations, which match this story perfectly in tone. Highly Recommended. (Henry Holt and Co., 2013)
I plan to be back next week with our latest chapter book read-aloud. Until then, what’s in your read aloud basket? 🙂