Hi, friends! I’m here, just super duper busy. (That seems to be a constant refrain lately, doesn’t it?) I haven’t forgotten about you all, though, and I definitely haven’t forgotten about Read Aloud Thursday! Sharing what we’ve been reading aloud is one of my favorite things to do, and I plan to keep doing it for as long as we read aloud. (And I’m not stopping!)
My reading with my girls has been pretty consistent–a chapter or two (or three or four, depending on their length and how much time we have) during the day from something related to our history and a “fun” read aloud at night. Since last month we have finished Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus as our history read-aloud. I shared some connections we made between this story and other things we’ve learned here, and you can read my original review of the book when I first read it myself here. We also finally finished Laddie by Gene Stratton-Porter, which was been our bedtime read for a long, long time. You can read my thoughts about it here.
This month marked the first time in a long time (and possibly ever) that I abandoned a book in the middle. I purchased Neil Gaiman’s Fortunately, the Milk back a few years ago after reading a positive review of it, and I had always meant to get to it. After finishing Laddie, I thought we’d all enjoy a change of pace, and I figured that this one would definitely be that–it’s modern, a totally different genre, and short (which was the number one consideration after reading the 400 page Laddie!) Fortunately, the Milk is actually not a chapter book–instead it’s a long-ish short story, with plenty of very quirky illustrations and typography, etc. Unfortunately, none of us liked it. We all just thought it weird. I’m not one to give up on a book, but after several nights of plugging away at it, I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it. Neither girl was disappointed.
Now we’re on to a couple of good ones! 🙂 For our history read we’re enjoying Bull Run by Paul Fleischman. We’re almost two-thirds of the way through it, so I hope to share my thoughts on it in the near future.
Our night time read is special. 🙂 I’m one of those booklovers who has a hard time sharing books that are really personally meaningful to me. (I still haven’t read Anne of Green Gables aloud!)
This year, though, in the months leading up to Christmas, I decided to read Little Women aloud. Both girls have attempted it, and one of them may have read the whole thing. However, neither of them loved it when she read it alone. I’m not sure if this is because they both read it too young, or if they truly just didn’t enjoy the story. I’m hoping to change their opinion of it with this reading. We’re six or seven chapters in, and so far it has been a delight for me to share it with them. I think they may even feel the same way.
Every so often–when I think about it and we have time–I’ll pull out this little gem of devotional thoughts by Corrie Ten Boom and share one with the girls at night.
This week I also started reading aloud Civil War! America Becomes One Nation by James I. Robertson, Jr. The girls usually read their history independently, but I’ve had a hard time keeping up with their reading lately, and this seems like a good solution for this busy time in our lives. Plus, I like to read aloud from different genres.
This is where it turns ugly. 🙁
Just kidding. Sort of.
I do read aloud to the boys, but I don’t read aloud to them NEARLY as much as I read aloud to the girls when they were of similar age. This causes me untold guilt and grief. I want to read aloud to them more, but squeezing more into an already jam-packed day is impossible right now.
Ok, enough sniveling. Onward and upward to what we are reading!
A faithful blog reader recommended Escape from Baxters’ Barn by Rebecca Bond way back in August, and earlier this month I finally remembered to request it at the library. I thought it might make a good chapter book for the DLM. It turns out that it’s fairly sophisticated in a Charlotte’s Web kind of way, and I’ve considered shelving it until he’s a bit older. However, as long as he’s game to read it most of the time, I’m going to keep going with it. It’s quite enjoyable. Stay tuned to find out if we really do finish it. 🙂
Picture books are definitely still his favorite thing. (Full disclosure: Transformer comic books are really his thing.)
By far his favorite picture book this month is a new one: I’m Cool! by Kate and Jim McMullan. This one is about a zamboni, of course, but it’s identical in spirit to their other must-reads: I’m Mighty!, I’m Brave!, etc. I can’t imagine a child, especially a boy, not enjoying these books. The fact that the DLM tried to read this one surreptitiously at the dinner table last night is testimony to just how much fun it is. 🙂
Benny is just along for the ride with whatever we’re reading. He’s a mostly mellow, go-with-the-flow kind of fellow, and that’s a good thing.
Well, that’s the bookish scene here at the House of Hope these days. What does it look like at your house? Please, link up your posts in the comments, or just tell us all about it!