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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

This is a book I’ve been hearing good things about for a while. I had wanted to listen to it as an audiobook, but it’s always checked out. So, when I saw it on the library shelf, I decided to pick it up and read it to the kids myself.

Published: 2014

Genre: middle grade memoir in verse

Length: 320 pages of verse, 337 pages with pictures

Font: Garth Graphic

Setting: Columbus, Ohio, Greenville, South Carolina, and New York City, 1963-mid-1970s Continue reading

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Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

For American History Club, our latest topic is Civil Rights. I found this book for the kids to read.

Published: 2015

Genre: middle grade historical fiction

Length: 320 pages

Font: Scala OT

Setting: Bumblebee, North Carolina, 1932 Continue reading

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Bill of Rights

For the month of February, we’re learning about the Bill of Rights. Last year we learned about the Constitution, so we’re sticking with the theme and doing the Bill of Rights. Seems a rather important topic with all the news these days.

Mr. Curiosity is reading Our Constitution by Donald Ritchie. It’s a project of the Annenberg Foundation Trust, whose website we’ve used for videos on the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The book does describe and explain the parts of the Constitution, but it also goes through each of the amendments. For each amendment, the book states the amendment, explains what it means, and then provides some key Supreme Court cases addressing the amendment. It’s definitely meant for an older audience (at least middle school) since it is more in depth and could overwhelm a younger child.

That’s why Miss Adventure is reading The Bill of Rights by Karen Price Hossell. The book starts out by discussing historical documents and how they are preserved. It then goes into the creation of the Bill of Rights and it’s ratification. This book is more appropriate for younger audiences, with one topic for every two-page spread.

Another option for Miss Adventure to read is Constitution Translated for Kids by Cathy Travis. Again, it covers the whole Constitution, including all the amendments, instead of just focusing on the Bill of Rights. Each page is broken into two columns. For each part of the Constitution, the original words are printed in the left column, and an explanation of the words is printed in the right column.

And those are the books we are using to learn about Bill of Rights. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschooler’s Weekly Wrap-up.

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Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes

I happened to see this graphic novel at the library and picked it up. I’m trying to encourage Miss Adventure to enjoy computer coding more, and I thought a graphic novel about it might help.

Published: 2015

Genre: middle grade graphic novel

Length: 88 pages

Setting: Stately Academy, present day Continue reading

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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

This book is mentioned often as a great book for kids and a great read aloud. I’ve never read it, so I decided to introduce myself and the kids to it by turning it into our family read aloud.

Published: 1975

Genre: middle grade realistic fantasy/intrusive fantasy

Length: 139 pages

Setting: Treegap, in a Southern state, late 1800s Continue reading

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The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

This is the second book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series that finally showed up from the library. The kids and I fought over who got to read it first. Miss Adventure and I ended up sharing, and losing each other’s bookmarks regularly in the process

Published: 2016

Genre: YA urban fantasy

Length: 459 pages

Setting: Asgard, Alfheim, Jutenheim, and Midgard, six weeks after the events of The Sword of Summer Continue reading

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The Twits by Roald Dahl

This is one of the BBC’s The Big Read books that we happened to have lying around the house. I must have seen it in at a thrift store or something and picked it up because Dahl always makes for a good read aloud. I thought it would be a good start to our year as a read aloud.

Published: 1980

Genre: middle grade fiction (there are talking animals, but they only talk to each other and it doesn’t really feel like fantasy)

Length: 76 pages with lots of illustrations

Setting: England, it felt like the 1940s, but certainly not even the 1980s. Continue reading

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