On Our Bookshelf
Books we've really enjoyed recently:
Kids: Toad Rage by Morris Gleitzman - This is one of the best kids' chapter books I've heard in years. I happened on to it at the library one day, as a book on CD (read by the author) and we took it on a recent 2.5 hour road trip. It was perfect. We laughed our heads off. It's a perfect mix of humor, story, adventure, pathos. An incredibly enjoyable book for kids and adults. I can't wait to check out the other books this author has written.
Jonathan Livinston Seagull - this is our nighttime read-aloud book for the last few nights. It's a short read and a bit "deep", it has enough story for the kids and enough philosophy for me to be content.
The Amazing Miss A (age 6): Books by Ellen Stoll Walsh, like Mouse Paint and Hamsters to the Rescue. The illustrations in this book are adorable, with simple-enough text that she can read them herself.
Magnificent Mr. M (age 9): The Roman Mysteries series by Caroline Lawrence. A set of older-kid level chapter books set in Roman times. Current favorite is The Pirates of Pompeii.
Me: Grant and Twain: The Story of a Friendship That Changed America
by Mark Perry. A fascinating bio of two of America's more interesting people, and the story of their unusual friendship. Very good so far.
DH: ChiRunning A book about a totally new and different running style based on the principles of Tai Chi