I'm taking a couple of weeks off from thinking about writing. Knowing me, I'll pick up my "finished" manuscript again and find some more tweaks, but right now, fuggetaboutit. Since this blog is intended to be about writing and whatever, I'll stay slightly on topic and let you know about some good books I've read lately.
My kids still love for me to read to them, even though they can both read themselves (and they do that, too.) I suppose I'll keep the nightly routine of reading for 30 minutes or so until they tell me to stop. Or they go off to college.
My girls are 9 and 6, and I typically read to both of them at once. But not always. So some books on the list are for slightly older kids as well, since my oldest tends to like "older" books. (They still have to pass the mom test. She's not reading Gossip Girl.)
I'll leave off most of the classics, since you probably know them anyway. I like all the Judy Blume and anything by Roald Dahl or EB White.
Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander
Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows (So freaking cute. I love these.)
Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards
Girls to the Rescue Series by Bruce Lansky
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
Warriors Series by Erin Hunter (About tribes of wild cats. Naomi recommends this highly.)
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Koningsburg (My daughter's class read this in school, then walked down the street to the Met and acted it out. Very cool. It's an interesting book.)
The American Girl "History Mysteries" are actually pretty good. My 6 y.o. loves books about history, especially when they are girl-centered. Her favorite book to read on her own is The Battle for St. Michaels by Emily Arnold McCully. I had to look up facts about the War of 1812 to explain it to her. I couldn't remember much of anything! This is why I stink at Trivial Pursuit.
And I just have to add A Wrinkle in Time because my older daughter loved it, and I loved reading it again.
So that's what the Cebula girls are into. Do you have any favorites to add?