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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

What's in your summer reading log?

Three reading women in a summer landscapeImage via Wikipedia
Beginnings and endings come together.  Can this bucolic scene last forever? What comes after a summer spent lollygagging and reading? My kids started at their new school today, a new routine involving a yellow school bus, smaller classes and lunch in a cafeteria. My youngest started kindergarten, her primary school years ahead of her, babyhood behind her, excited beyond measure. The husband and I drove behind the school bus to be at the school in time to take pictures of their first day entering a new phase of life: Kindergarten, third grade and fifth grade. Sigh. Bittersweet.

But they are asking for the kids to turn in their summer reading logs tomorrow. We never got said logs, but I will use this slight misfortune as the topic for today's post.

We discovered the wonderful Katonah Library immediately upon our arrival here at the end of June. My kids started a log there, a summer reading challenge involving getting a different piece of a treasure map every time they participated. My kids were adamant to go and do this as often as possible. My oldest devoured the five books in the Merlin series by T.A. Barron, who happened to be mentored by my grandmother, the inimitable Madeleine L'Engle, and who I knew by proxy. (I'm hoping that Cooper will write Tom a fan letter!) My middle guy read Castle in the Attic by my wonderful friend Elizabeth Winthrop and "couldn't put it down", and is currently reading the Mysterious Benedict Society series. My girl and I both discovered Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh and loved them. And of course we finished reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and are now in the middle of The Chamber of Secrets.

As for me, well, I have been known to blog once in a while about what I read, but if you must know, (mom!) I am currently reading Lips Touch 3 Times by Laini Taylor and Mockingbird by Suzanne Collins.

So I ask you, as the boys write down their lists for school, what's in YOUR summer reading log?
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  1. The Castle in the Attic was one of my special favorites when I was a kid, made even more special by the fact that I didn't know anyone else who'd read it. It felt exclusive to me. Elizabeth Winthrop once came to speak to a class I was in in college (about writing children's literature), and I did not remember that she was the one who wrote The Castle in the Attic, and when it was on display on the desk I nearly imploded with excitement. :)

    I'm currently in the middle of reading How Green Was My Valley. It's lovely and magical, even though it's sad.

  2. Ooooh! I've never read How Green Was My Valley and I've always wanted to. Thanks for reminding me!

    So glad you loved Castle in the Attic - lucky you - I didn't discover it until I met Elizabeth!

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