I scored a 12 on my quote test of The Count of Monte Cristo in the 10th grade, a 47 on Rebecca. I just wouldn’t read the books and hoped the cliff notes would give me what I needed to guess the speaker, context, and importance of each quote. Clearly, this strategy failed miserably.
So it still shocks me that I have grown to love reading. I feel like I’m still playing catch-up, and I’m living the best of both worlds by reading aloud to my kids great children’s literature while inhaling the best of classic and contemporary fiction for myself. I can’t seem to get enough.
Having just the big girls home this year has allowed for some fun read-alouds. These are among our favorites from the spring.
By Lesley Blume, Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters
A lonely eleven-year-old living in the bustle of NYC finds solace in books until her world is widened with the friendship of a glamorous new neighbor and the tales told of her world traveling experiences with her sisters.
Julia Gillian and the Art of Knowing by Allison Mcghee
This gem tells the story of a Minneapolis girl learning to push through fears.
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
A great novel written in verse tells the story of twin basketball players fumbling their way middle school. This was a quick read.
Julia and Art of Practical Travel by Lesley Blume
With her aunt, Julia travels to hunt down her estranged mom taking the reader across the US, introducing all kinds of characters and regionally relevant cultural nuances.
I can’t wait to see what the summer holds.