Monday, June 25, 2007

Read Together

Jennifer at Snapshot is hosting a "reading together" program for parents and children this summer. When she invited me to join, I was all over the idea!

Sugar Plum (my 11yo) and I have already decided we are going to read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Holes. We will most likely read these independently and then discuss them. I'm really looking forward to talking to her about these books, because she always has some great insights about the books she reads.

Jelly Bean (m 16yo) has to read one of a list of four books this summer in preparation for her English class this fall. One of the four is Frankenstein, which I have been meaning to read for many years, so I told her I'd read it too. She'll probably read three or four of the four - so I may as well. (The others are King Lear, Wuthering Heights, and Great Expectations.)

Sugar Bear (my 8yo) is not a big reader, so I'm hoping to find something that he and I can read together. Maybe we'll try Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, but I don't really know yet.

If you'd like to read with your children this summer, head over to Snapshot and sign up!


  1. My boys aren't big readers either - have you tried The Spiderwick Chronicles? I'm still waiting for the moment that J9 gets the reading spark. I put all these twigs in there and none of them are catching fire! J7 is a struggling reader as it is - has a bit of dyslexia but he loves reading - right now we stick with school assigned books though just to give him a break.

  2. I'm glad you are in. I just read a Tree Grows in Brooklyn (for the first time). I enjoyed it. I will be curious about your 11yo's thoughts on it. Sounds like she's a great reader.

  3. I love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn!

  4. Well, I KNOW my son and I will both be reading Harry Potter. And in fact, we both reread HP4 and will both reread HP5 in preparation for the movie. Other than that, we don't have very similar tastes these days. He leans towards Star Wars books and Terry Pratchett.

  5. Every year, the Vermont Humanities Council selects a Vermont-based book for everyone in the state to read. There are radio shows on Vermont Public Radio where the book, or selections from it, are read. There are local library book discussions on it. And the hundreds of copies of the chosen book are handed out.

    This year was Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop.

    Now that it is summer and my grandson, Wingnut, age 11, is with me like always, we are reading this book. It is for middle school kids but we are getting into it.

    And now that the last Potter book is coming out while Wingnut is here in Vermont, I have to figure out how to get a copy of it on release day! I never had to do this before! HALP!