Build It - They'll Come

Apologies for the blogging hiatus (understatement), but now that we're in to the depths of summer, it is impossible not to be blissfully swept away into the world of children's literature yet again.  With the lists from The Storyteller's Summer Reading Club in the house, we are all surrounded by new and wonderful finds and I am reminded again that yes, there is a limit to the number of books that public libraries let you check out.

When it comes to summer reading and book borrowing, more is always better and the maxim "Everything in moderation" goes out the window for a solid three months around here.  Following the advice of children's literature aficionado Donalyn Miller (aka, The Book Whisperer), books are literally everywhere in our house and we are back to consistently listening to Books on CD in the car as well.  We've adopted one of Miller's suggestions for teachers and created a spot in the house to showcase new books for the week, and much to my surprise, even my somewhat-reluctant-to-be-second-grader-who-only-likes-sports-books has been spotted plucking a book or two from the window ledge to give them a read.

I believe Miller, if you build a culture of books, the reading will come.

Here's our current crop:

Family read aloud:  The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
Recent favorite book on CD: The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

Picture Ogler/Pre-Reader's current selection: Pete's Party by Jon Scieszka, David Shannon, David Gordon, and Loren Long
Reluctant-to-be-Second-Grader's current selection: The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey by Louise Borden
Avid-Upper-Elementary's current selection:  No Such Thing as Dragons by Philip Reeve

Other summer dabblings that we've enjoyed:
Weird But True by National Geographic
Willoughby & the Lion by Greg E. Foley
Extra Credit by Andrew Clements

So what are you reading and loving this summer?


  1. The Talent Code was my favorite summer read, highly recommended!

  2. We've had a wonderful summer of reading as well! Here are just a few of our favorites.

    Family Read Aloud: Nicholas on Vacation by Rene Goscinny and Jean-Jacques Sempe

    Toddler: anything by Sandra Boynton, read at least 50 times before choosing something else!

    Entering First Grader: She's so excited to have entered the world of early chapter books! She's read many of the Rainbow Magic and Junie B. Jones books.

    Entering Second Grader: Tackled the first 2 of the 39 clues books, discovered the Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka, and threw in a couple Magic Tree House and Geronimo Stilton books as well.

    Mom's favorite: I just started the 4th in the Sister's Grimm series by Michael Buckley (great summer read, fun and easy). I also read The Good Earth by Perl Buck (one of many on my list of ones that I should read just to say I did)