October means pumpkins.
Pumpkin-butterscotch muffins mean hot cocoa.
And hot cocoa?
Well, who can drink hot cocoa without also wanting to curl up with a good book? And that's just what we're doing.
Here's what we're reading.
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Read Aloud- Everybody
Understood Betsy- This is a rather old book from the early 20th century. But in recent years, it has made a resurgence in popularity. Don't let the rather drab cover fool you. The witty dialogue and humorous look at a coddled, spoiled girl's growth towards self-reliance and charity make this a timeless book for girls AND boys.
Jamie- that's me!
The Backyard Homestead- My backyard garden was anemic this year, y'all. A-ne-mic! I'm determined to make it better next year. So, I'm starting now!
Sweetie Pea- 7th grade
Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook- She wants to be a journalist someday, so I've penciled in a few HOW TO books that will help propel her in that direction. She's hit PAUSE on her Middle School MUST READS list and is currently tackling this writer's handbook.
Super Boy- 4th grade
No Room for a Dog- (Mom-assigned book) This Leave-it-to-Beaver-esque story is a short, easy read about a boy's desire to own a dog of his own.
Special Forces- (Just-for-fun book) This has been on my son's list a few times before, but he continues to want to read and re-read it every chance he gets.
Blonde Warrior- 3rd grade
All Alone- (Mom-assigned book) In a culture marked by entitlement, books that vivedly paint the hard lives of children throughout history and around the globe are wonderful additions to any American family's home library. This award-winning classic tells of the dilemma a ten-year-old French boy faces when he is sent to the Alps all alone to tend his family's small herd of cattle for the summer.
Baby Wolf- (Just-for-fun reader) Since visiting an ecology exhibit at a nature center last month which featured many large animal mounts including a grey wolf, my son has been absolutely fascinated with wolves. He's plundered the wolf section at the library and has cleared them out of nearly every fiction and nonfiction book with "wolf" in the title.
Greased Lightning- 1st grade
Fun with Pets- (Mom-assigned book) He's at the very end of this ABeka Reader. He will, then. start the next one in the series.
Big Dog and Little Dog Going for a Walk- (Just-for-fun book)
That's it. That's what we're reading. Muffins in one hand, books in the other. And you?