Is it just me, or has this been a short month? Whew! It seems like March’s Read Aloud Thursday was just a week or two ago. We’ve been reading, of course, but I haven’t had a whole lot of time or energy for blogging this spring. Life is happening! 🙂
Because it is National Poetry Month, my focus this month has been on sharing a poetry book each Friday. We have read and enjoyed poems from these books (and others!) during our poetry tea times this month:
- Rutherford B., Who Was He? by Marilyn Singer
- My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States
- Little Poems for Tiny Ears by Lin Oliver
We also finished the fourth book in the Chronicles of Prydain, The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander. This one picked up almost immediately where The Black Cauldron left off and took Taran on a quest to rescue Princess Eilonwy. There’s obviously the beginning of a romance in this one (or at least one-sided feelings of affection on the part of Taran), and that tickled my almost-ten year old. I don’t really particularly like reading books with a romantic element to my girls just yet, but somehow this one seems okay. I think it’s the theme of honor and nobility that runs through the series that gives it a very mature and upright feel. After we finished it, I gave my girls the option of picking up with the next book in the Little Britches series, the Melendy Quartet, or the next Prydain book, and they both chose Prydain. It’s a winner!
I also read aloud My Father’s Dragon this month. I read it to my girls 4 1/2 years ago (!!!), and it is this month’s mother-daughter bookclub pick, so it was time to revisit it. Plus, I really thought it time I give the DLM some intentional read-aloud attention, and what better book to start off with than My Father’s Dragon? (I’ve shared some chapter book picks for the youngest listener here.) Truthfully, the DLM listens along with the girls to whatever I’m reading to them, but I have a pretty massive amount of mama-guilt over what I’m not doing with him that I did with the girls (lots of things!), so My Father’s Dragon helped assuage that just a tiny bit. 🙂
I’m not sure what’s next after we finish Taran the Wanderer. I’d really like to read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland because the Huntsville Botanical Garden is featuring Alice’s Garden of Wonders this spring, and we hope to visit. I also still have the next Little Britches and Melendy books waiting in the wings. 🙂
What have you been reading with your children? Please link up your blog posts below or share in the comments!
Happy Read Aloud Thursday!