I’m not exactly sure how this book got put on my “read to the kids” list. I’m sure it had something to do with being a book in verse. It was our first read aloud book for the school year, mainly because it was available as an ebook. I had chosen a different book, but Mr. Curiosity went and read it the weekend before I was going to start reading it aloud, so I needed a quick backup without being able to go to the library.
Genre: middle grade historical fiction book in verse
Length: 272 pages
Setting: Vietnam and Alabama, 1975
Summary: Short version: Immigrant story from the Vietnam War Continue reading
This is one of the BBC’s The Big Read books. Surprisingly, I’ve never read it. It was time to change that fact.
Genre: middle grade fantasy
Length: 208 pages
Setting: England, it felt like the mid-1900s
Summary: Short version: Sophie befriends a good giant and they stop the evil giants Continue reading
When I saw somewhere there was a graphic novel version of Anne of Green Gables, I had to get it immediately from my library. It’s one of my favorites, and I’m happy to consume it in different versions.
Illustrator: Brenna Thummler
Genre: middle grade fiction graphic novel
Length: 230 pages
Setting: the town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island, Canada, early 1900s
Summary: Short version: Orphan Anne growing up in Avonlea Continue reading
This is a Newbery Award winning book that we own. I thought it might make an enjoyable read aloud.
Genre: middle grade historical fiction
Length: 121 pages
Setting: medieval England
Summary: Short version: Robin gets sick and recovers with the monks Continue reading
Miss Adventure picked this one up from the library. I’m pretty sure she recognized the author (we’ve previously read Ghosts and Smile) and was interested in the topic as well.
Genre: middle grade fiction graphic novel
Length: 232 pages
Setting: a middle school in a big enough city in America that they have a bubble tea shop
Summary: Short version: Callie deals with boys and a musical production Continue reading
After having a chance to see the Terracotta Warriors in person earlier this year, I was looking for some books about them for the kids to read. Sadly, I couldn’t find too much in our local library system. The best I found for kids was a mention in a book about other oddities on Earth. While they didn’t really have much information about the Terracotta Warriors, the books are fascinating on their own.
First off, there’s the DK book What’s Weird on Earth, subtitled “our strange and wonderful world as you’ve never seen it before”. This book contains about 70 two-page spreads split into nature, supernatural, places, people, history, and fun facts. All but the fun facts section shows a map of the world with interesting locations around the world that fit the page’s theme picked out and described. I can pretty much guarantee there’s a page on here that interests anyone. When Miss Adventure was reading it in the car, I had to limit her to two bits of information per page, or she would have read the entire book to me. Definitely a must read for any map fiend, but not really intended to be read cover to cover in a single sitting.
The other book I’m highlighting today is Curious Constructions: A Peculiar Portfolio of Fifty Fascinating Structures by Michael Hearst. Hearst describes fifty different impressive structures. Most of the are manmade (like the Millau Viaduct or the International Space Station) but also includes a few natural phenomena (like the Great Barrier Reef). For each construction, there’s a page of information, often with some true or false questions or fun facts, and the facing page is an illustration. This book involves more reading than the previous book since there is a page of text on each construction. Even so, there will be many interruptions to share little tidbits of “Did you know…?”
Both of these books would make a fun addition to a child’s library if they’re into construction, maps, or nonfiction books.
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