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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Happy Read Across America Day!

This post is dedicated to Theodore Giesel, aka, Dr. Seuss. In case you aren't aware, today, March 2nd, is his birthday & nationally known as Read Across America Day. The ability to read is such a strong indicator of academic success; plus it's FUN!! So I present to you some recommendations:

Family Recommendation: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems. You and your kids will love this book! It's a quick, yet interactive read. The premise is a bus driver needs a break & asks you - the readers, to keep an eye on the bus & not let the pigeon drive it. The pigeon tries his darnedest to convince you to let him drive the bus. Other books by this author: The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late, & Knuffle Bunny. All are family favorites.

Iain's Recommendation:

Any Curious George book. He likes these books because "Curious George is funny and curious. That's why." He also recommends Pokemon books - I don't find them to be the best bedtime reading, but he's fallen into the Pokemon craze.

Orion's Recommendation:

Any Geronimo Stilton book. There are a ton in this series. If you want more information, visit this wikipedia site. Geronimo Stilton is a mouse who is also a journalist. He always winds up in some fun and silly adventure. I think this series is geared toward 2nd graders, but if your child is a good reader, 1st grade would be fine. Orion usually plows through these books in an afternoon, so I highly recommend getting a library card, or setting up a credit account at your local used books store. Orion loves visiting Title Wave just to keep up with the antics of Geronimo Stilton.

Arctic Knitter's Recommendation:

Wow - so many! I don't know if I can narrow it down - but here a a few favorites:

Knitting Related: Any Stephanie Pearl-McPhee book. I'm sure all you knitters already know this.

The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer. If you are looking for a little fluff & fun - this series is it. The series (3 books, the 4th due out in August) isn't your typical teenage angst & romance novel. Vampires and Werewolves are thrown in for good measure. Great escapism. Perhaps I enjoyed them so much because I get to witness this sort of thing everyday w/my students. Ms. Meyer is also releasing an adult novel later this year, I'll be interested to see how that turns out.

Pillars of the Earth & World Without End by Ken Follet. Pillars is one of my all-time favorites. I really enjoy historical fiction. Both are rather long, so settle in & enjoy. I think I'll re-read them again this summer on our road trip.

The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. Another historical fiction / love story. History, action, adventure, political intrigue. Oh yes - I must mention romance & Jamie - a Scottish Highlander who I imagine is a 'hunka burnin' love'. I warn you now - this series is a commitment. Six books have already been released w/more planned for the future.

Non-Fiction: I don't read too much of these. As I see it, my life & job are non-fiction, so when I read, I'm looking to escape a bit from reality. So I recommend: Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History by Penny LeCouteur & Jay Burreson and & Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks. Both deal with chemistry; go figure. :0)

Wade's Recommendation:

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein and anything by Iain Banks (the namesake of our youngest son...) Wade is a science fiction fan - so if you're into sci-fi, these might be right up your alley.

Wow - that should be plenty to keep everyone literate. I'm always looking for more good books to read. Leave a comment as to you and your family's favorite book(s) & I'll link it in the side bar. I'm always looking for a good read.

Make it a point to sit down this evening as a family & read together. Enjoy! Read On!!


Diana said...

We love Knuffle Bunny!

Cinnamonamon said...

Wow -- you are a blog-posting machine! lol I'll have to check out those pigeon books, they sound cute. And I LOVE the Outlander series...although I just heard that #7 won't be out until winter '09! Have you ever read the Clan of the Cave Bears series?

Lisa W. said...

yay! thanks for the Geronimo Stilton nephew is in 2nd grade and that series will be perfect for him for birthday gifting next month!

our reading tastes are very similar...i'll have to look thru the shelves to recommend some for you!

Jane Doe Jenn said...

Thanks for the book recommendations! I can't wait to check out a pigeon book from the library. I also just purchased for myself Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's book: Knitting Rules.

I found your blog on the Knitter's Scavenger Hunt Swap blog. Looks like you did a great job spoiling your pal!

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