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Spring break reading

April 3, 2008

We're on spring break this week, but I thought I'd share a few of the books we'll be reading together during our road trip. I've blogged before about some of the terrific read alouds we have read, and my criteria for choosing them. The same ones apply for this list too.

Half Magic is the book I'm the most excited about. It sounds like a fun adventure with wonderful characters. I'm hoping the girls love it!

Sophie is Seven will be our first book by Dick King-Smith. And although it's not the first in the Sophie series, I thought Id capture the girls' attention with this one and see about the others later.

And 'll be bringing along two others that I know I want to share with the girls, but this might not be the right time:

Misty of Chincoteague. I think Molly will love this book but I'm not sure Anna is ready for it.

The other one is The BFG. When I taught second grade, The BFG was a class favorite EVERY year. We've got some pretty active imaginations around here, so if I think my girls can get past the idea of a giant walking around the streets at night, we'll read it.

I'll be checking in while we're away, so if you have any recommendations you'd like to share, I'm sure I can find a bookstore. Happy reading!


I highly recommend "The Necklace of Raindrops," a collection of short stories by Joan Aiken. I bet your girls would love it!

Thank you for the great recommendations! I was just searching for good read-alouds for my kindergartener and soon to be kindergartener. This is just what I needed! I love your blog!

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