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.