As I write this Children’s Book Week comes to a close for this year, and I thought it might be of some interest to give an overview of what we have been reading in our home. The Canadian Children’s Book Week was observed the first week of May here in our part of the globe but the original celebration, the longest-running national literacy initiative in America dating back to 1919, was happening all this week south of the border. If you are interested you can find out more about it here. I have not even mentioned the fact that it is Children’s Book Week to my kids but have quietly observed their reading choices. Between the two of them there is quite an eclectic range of reading material.
My daughter has been enjoying Mark Twain (again), having just reread Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn- both perennial favorites, as well as Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery and Here Comes Heaven by Bill Johnson and Mike Seth. Other books I have had to rescue from beside the bathtub or confiscate from under her covers after midnight are: The House of Arden by E. Nesbit, Island of the Blue Dolphins by O’Dell and Complete Nonsense by Edward Lear. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham and A Question of Loyalty by Barbara Greenwood are two worthy book titles from her History reading list and it is a testament to their literary quality that I have had to retrieve them from her nightstand the next day.
Her older brother is working his way through Destined to Reign by Joseph Prince, the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and Common Sense by Thomas Paine, coinciding with his history studies this term. I’m pretty sure there’s a Calvin and Hobbes collection and some Peanuts comics lying around as well, probably under the American Boy’s Handy Book and an illustrated book descriptively titled Exotic Cars sitting next to a short row of books about the Vinyl Café by Stuart McLean.
So what have you been reading this week?© Una-Melina 2013.