What we are reading/listening to this week, courtesy of the local library.
This summer we started listening to books on CD during our road trips. We listened to The BFG by Roald Dahl (kids loved it), The Wizard of Oz (the girl liked it, the boy was a bit bored), Junie B Jones books 1-5 by Barbara Parks and Stuart Little by E.B. White. Since the school year has started and the boy is at home with me all days on Tues/Thurs and afternoons on MWF, we’ve started a new routine of him listening to a book while coloring or doing a puzzle so I can get some things done in the house. Or blog, like I’m doing right now as he listens to Stink The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald. See….
The girl is enjoying origami these days. In related news, anyone want an origami balloon? We have about 132. She’s also loving the Horrible Harry series and just discovered the Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker. Yesterday she came home with the 2nd Harry Potter Book (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) and stayed up past her bedtime reading last night. We read the first book together this summer and it was one of my favorite parts of the summer. Both kids loved it and we followed it up with the movie, which captivated them (although they both said they liked the book more). The boy also listened to the first book on CD (after hearing it read by us and seeing the movie) for a couple of weeks.
I’m about to start Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman after a good friend raved about it.
We are planning a long weekend trip to New York in a few weeks, both the husband and my first trip to NYC, so I’m trying to roughly plan the trip. Any recommendations are much appreciated!!
I’m finishing off Melissa Gilbert’s memoir Prairie Tales, which caps off a summer of Little House reading. It started with reading the first two Little House books to the girl and then reading The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie by Wendy McClure (highly recommend to any Little House fans). Then the kids and I watched most of Season One of the Little House on The Prairie TV Show (courtesy of the library) which started me on the trilogy of sorts of Little House TV Show Star’s biographies: Alison Arngrim’s Confessions of a Prairie Bitch (great read), Melissa Sue Anderson’s The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House (horribly written, very insincere) and finally Melissa Gilbert’s book.