Today is officially the 2nd week of summer vacation... and I am a little behind schedule with my 100 book challenge! Yikes! Well, I'm sure you know why. There are so many glorious things to do in the summer. I've spent whole days playing with Finn, of course. We went to a strawberry orchard and petting farm. We worked on our own back yard orchard (one single cherry tree and a tomato plant) and ran through the sprinkler. I spent two days at a professional learning conference with some of my amazing colleagues. I've started the process of priming and re-painting some "new to us" furniture. We've had play-dates with other tots, visited several parks, ate lots of ice cream, and I baked a pie and 40 oz of jam. Summer is incredible! But we have to remember to make time for reading, too. Which isn't such a hard thing to do if you find the right books. And to be honest, Finn reads about 10 books each day. But without counting Finn's books... here is my summer reading update:
1. I Love You Michael Collins, by Lauren Baratz-Logsted, 240 pages, Ages 8-12 (give or take)
For my gushing review, check out my first attempt at vlogging (ha ha). If you can't tell from the video, I LOVED IT. What I learned from this book: Michael Collins is the astronaut who stayed with the rest of the Apollo 11 ship while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldren landed "the Eagle" on the moon. Why? Because someone had to stay with the ship and keep it orbiting the moon so that it would be there when the astronauts were ready to return to Earth. What I learned from "vlogging": Even though the book showed up backwards while I was recording, my phone is smart enough to flip the video around so that it is not backwards any more. No wonder they call them "smart phones" (hoooo bad joke)
2. Twindergarten by Nikki Ehlrich, illustrated by Zoey Abbott
A picture book about twins headed off to their first day of kindergarten in *gasp* two different classrooms! How will they survive? The relationship between the twins is lovely, especially how they know just how to comfort each other. Sweet, fun, relateable for many children, not just twins. Trying something new, especially something as big as kindergarten, can be scary. But also "absolutely, positively, awesome".
3. Pax and Blue by Lori Richmond
I read this when I first received it in the mail (and a package of bookplates and stickers and other lovely goods from Lori Richmond herself!) but after a quick read I set it aside and sort of forgot about it. That's how a lot of things go for me in the spring. Hopefully a bunch of the 100+ books I read will be re-visiting books I did not give enough attention or finishing books I skimmed and didn't finish during the school year. This one is a lovely book about friendship, how you can find friends in unexpected places, and knowing just what to do for your friend when they are in trouble.