What We're Reading This Week: January 29, 2020

A selection of what we are reading at our house this week: 

If I Was the Sunshine by Julie Fogliano and Loren Long
Chester by Melanie Watt
The Inn Between by Marina Cohen
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
Rosie by Anne Lamott

Happy reading!

The Space Between

3 Word Challenge: Cancer, Children, Understand(ing)
Challenge words selected by Isabel

The dragon-slayer,
with an imaginary sword,
befriends the friendless,
listens without speaking,
stands up.
For those in distress,
for injustice,
for herself.
A bully doesn’t define her.

The superhero,
with an invisible cape,
thinks about his future,
plots and plans,
forges on.
Toward the fight ahead,
toward his someday partner,

Holiday Books + Gift Ideas, 2019 Picture Book and Middle Grade Edition

Need some holiday gifting inspiration? Books are, of course, one of my favorite go-to gifts. 
But for those times in your life when a book on its own won't do, I've put together twelve themed book/gift combos that will knock their socks off!

Please note: While you'll find links to the books and gifts listed below, none are affiliate links, and these aren't guaranteed to be the best deals/lowest prices as pricing shifts over time.


Go, Girls, Go! (Frances Gilbert and Allison Black) + Barbie Dreamplane Playset

Books for Reluctant Readers and Pre-Readers, Part 2

Controversial statement of the day: some people don't like to read. 

As a lover of all things books, this is hard for me to reconcile. But for some - especially those who are new to reading or who struggle with the task - reading is a chore or a task. And maybe that is true. It can be a task. It can be tedious. Anyone read any Joyce lately? 

But I like to think people just haven't found the right books for them...yet. The ones that don't feel like a chore because you are having so much fun, immersed in a completely different world. For the younger set, humor is one of the best routes to encourage kids to read. It's hard to think you don't like reading when you are giggling. 

Do you know someone who thinks reading is boring? Here are some of our favorite humorous reads for 2019. Give one or two of them a try, and let me know if you change any minds! 

Mike Reiss and Ashley Spires
HarperCollins (July 2019)

Ross Burach
Scholastic (February 2019)