What we’re reading

I’m one of those people who reads multiple books at once. One is on my bedside table, one is on the couch, one is in the kitchen, and I grab the closest one and continue. Bookmarks are never around when I need them. Occasionally I use scraps of paper or random store receipts.

Of course a good chunk of my daily reading consists of reading to my kids. We’ve developed a pattern in which they read picture books on their own, and we save the chapter books for bedtime stories. It works well. So here’s our current reading list:

“Circus Mirandus,” by Cassie Beasley – It’s her first novel and it’s great. I pre-read it myself before starting it with my son, and he’s enjoying it as much as I did. It’s about a magic circus, and also the magic of two offbeat people discovering a friendship, as well as the sad truth that magic can’t fix everything.

“Prince Caspian,” by C.S. Lewis – Well, the Narnia books really are a requirement. The kids liked “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” so much that we went right on to the next one. (Yes, I know there is some dispute about what order to read the books in. I think whatever order you pick is the right order.) Now they’re dragging a plush lion around the house and calling it Aslan.

“Flora & Ulysses,” by Kate DiCamillo – Because I’m going through all of her books now in sheer disbelief that I hadn’t discovered them sooner. This one’s hilarious and heartwarming in an oddball way, which I’m pretty sure is a good way to describe most of her books. Also, the squirrel writes lovely poems.

“Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs,” by Mo Willems and “Wolfie the Bunny,” by Ame Dyckman – I’m just practicing those. I’m bringing them to school for Read Across America Day, and I’ve learned the hard way, if you’re going to read a book aloud to kids, you’re basically reading the words upside down. Pre-reading is helpful.

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