It was recommended by The Modern Mrs. Darcy as a diverse books read and a good read aloud if you like Wonder. We did, so I thought I’d read it to the kids as a contrast to our last book.
Genre: middle grade fiction
Length: 295 pages
Setting: somewhere about a six hour drove from Washington, D.C., recent past (when MySpace was still a thing)
Summary: Short version: Melody’s life with cerebral palsy changes when she gets a communication computer Continue reading
I needed one last read aloud for the school year and went to peruse the Newbery Award winners shelves at our local library. I chose this one because it was set in a country other than the U.S. and fir out medieval time period we’ve been studying.
Genre: middle grade historical fiction
Length: 180 pages
Setting: Spain and Italy, ~1610-1670
Summary: Short version: We follow the life of Juan, slave to the Spanish painter Diego Valezquez Continue reading
This was one of the School Library Journal’s top 25 chapter books that we haven’t read. I finally got around to it, two years after adding it to my reading list.
Genre: middle grade fantasy
Length: 219 pages
Setting: medieval countries of Sounis, Attolia, and Eddis that felt like Greece
Summary: Short version: Gen really is good enough to steal Hamiathes’s Gift Continue reading
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
I know Monday is usually a review of short fiction, but I’m in the middle of five different books right now (a read aloud with the kids, the audiobook we started and didn’t finish on our trip to the outskirts of Philly this weekend for a gymnastics meet, a book Mr. Curiosity and I are reading together for school, and two books for my pleasure because I couldn’t help starting the second one) and I just can’t manage to add another to the mix without my brain exploding. So, another book review it is.
For our last read aloud, Mr. Curiosity requested a science fiction book. I actually had a hard time coming up with something that was the right length (I like novella length so the book doesn’t take forever to finish) and something I wanted to read to the kids. After looking through a bunch of recommendations, I settled on this classic. It’s something I read in high school, but remember very little of (beyond things like “Ending is better than Mending”).
Genre: science fiction
Length: 152 pages
Setting: near future London
Summary: Short version: In the future, we consume, not think. Continue reading
I saw this described somewhere and was intrigued. I thought it would make a good read aloud and picked it up from the library.
Genre: middle grade fiction
Length: 153 pages
Setting: a New York City middle school, present day Continue reading
This is a classic kid’s book that I decided to read to the kids before Christmas as a change of pace from The Golden Compass.
Genre: children’s chapter fiction
Length: 120 pages
Setting: NYC, early 1970s Continue reading