Saturday, June 29, 2013

Finally...I Can Start My Summer Reading!

We've only been out of school for 23 days, but I've already held an ice cream social graduation party for Steven, escorted two groups of kids, 91 in total to Boston and helped my parents move.  I haven't had much time for reading, but now it's time to get serious about this reading thing.

I was able to read Killing Kennedy on the first trip and Hero on a Bicycle on the second, but a bus load of kids doesn't really make for an ideal reading environment for me!  Now things are set, nothing on the calendar between now and August 10 when we move our son into the dorms at Ball State in Muncie, Indianan.

Here's my plan.  Usually I read the reviews in School Library Journal and place reserves at the public library but a Kirby Larson post on Facebook changed my plan.  Her book Hattie Ever After has been nominated as one of the notable books for 2013 by the ALSC.  I looked at the list and thought this would be a great place to start my summer reading.  I'm going to see how many of these books I can read in the coming days and I'm also going to do my best to post about my findings.  I've been a bit lazy and slack of late and I'm going to try to fix that starting with this post.

As I looked over the list, I'm proud to say I've 11 of the 19 picture books, many of them already purchased for the Bailey library.  I'm only able to cross over 3 of the fiction books and don't even get me started on the non-fiction, actually, that's exactly what I need to do, get started on the non-fiction!

It's Monday, Mrs. Jolly Bones by Warren Hanson was a hit in THE PIT this year.  It's fun rhymes and ridiculous situations made for some good laughs.  As Mrs. Jolly Bones goes through her weekly chores things seem normal until she adds her own surprise, wacky twist to finish each job.  The pictures by Tricia Tusa are colorful and fun to look at giving the kids new things to see each time they read the book.  What fun way to teach the days of the week, maybe even coming up with some extra chores for Mrs. Jolly Bones to complete.

So there you go, I know it's not much, but it's a start.  I'm off to the library to see if any of my reserves are in!


  1. I loved "Hero on a Bicycle" - such a great read!

  2. Thanks for the link to the notables list! I can't wait to check my reading against it!