School's out for summer!
I'm not sure who's more excited about that...the kids or me. To be honest, as a born-and-raised-in-the-southern-sun girl transplanted to the cold tundra-like weather of the upper midwest, I have a bit of a school girl crush on summer. I wait for it with bated breath. The arrival of sun puts a perma-grin on my face that doesn't fade until around mid-September.
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Summer sun also brings plenty of opportunities for solitude with a good book. I've officially commandeered my sons' 20 foot fort...hammock and all...and have declared it my secret reading lair.
(As we've officially turned the page on the 2015-2016 school year, I have updated the grade levels of each of my kids in the following list.)
Here's what we'll be reading this month...
Read aloud- everybody
The Jungle Book- We are over halfway done with this Kipling classic. The writing style has taken some getting used to, but makes for a good daily vocabulary lesson. We have enjoyed comparing and contrasting the book to Disney's animated version of the story. (The two are NOTHING alike!)
Jamie- that's me!
I, Saul- At the recommendation of a lovely blog reader, I picked this one up a few days ago. Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of adult fiction, but thought I'd kick off the summer with something light. The book began a tad on the slow slide, but is beginning to pick up speed. I am over half-way done and am not entirely sure if I will ever read the sequel. It's a finely written book, I'm sure. It just not one that has grabbed ME.
Sweetie Pea- 8th grade
The Yearling- (Mom-assigned book) I have never read this book, but took a gamble and added it to my daughter's Middle School MUST READ list. It has been soooo highly recommended by many that I trust and has been touted as "one of the best books ever" by a great number of fine literary folks. We shall see...
Super Boy- 5th grade
Viking Adventure- (Mom-assigned book) I am a huge fan of most of Bulla's books. They are draped in beautiful language, filled with brave male protagonists, and are a hit with most boys.
Who Was Franklin Roosevelt- (Just-for-fun book)
Blonde Warrior- 3rd grade
Homer Price- (Mom-assigned book) I read this one out loud to my kids several years ago, but my middle son was only a tot at the time and doesn't remember it. I thought it was time to introduce him to Homer and all his misadventures. So far, he's loving it!
The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island- (Just-for-fun book) A month or so ago, he read book #1 in the series and had high hopes of moving on to #2. Sadly, that was one that we didn't own and the library's copy was checked out. What was a mother to do? I tediously called and searched through all the bookstores in our surrounding area and finally found this ONE copy of the second book sitting on a shelf in a little used book shop here in Mayberry. I bought it...just in time for my son's 8th birthday.
Greased Lightning- 2nd grade
Abe Lincoln's Hat- (Mom-assigned book) President Lincoln was known to stash notes and important papers in the lining of his hat for safe keeping. I got to see the VERY hat a few weeks ago on a whirlwind trip to Washington D.C. I came back with pictures and stories that captivated all my children...especially Greased Lightning. So, it made perfect sense to have him read this lovely beginner biography of Lincoln.
Deputy Dan Gets His Man- (Just-for-fun book)
And that's what we'll be reading while swinging in the hammock. And you? What's on your June book list?