If you have, or know any, kids who love to read, I have two wonderful recommendations for you.
The first is a really nifty book called The Invention Of Hugo Cabret. It looks a little intimidating for younger readers (it’s about two inches thick with a rather grown-up look about it), but there are pages and pages with no words at all, or only a few words; this story is told as much in the illustrations as in the text. The three of us read it aloud together, a few chapters every night, lingering over the beautiful images, and got through it in just about a week. Both kids were mesmerized by the story, and when it was done it sparked a lot of discussion and thoughtful speculation. If you know any young readers (the published say it’s for ages 9 — 12, but Luke loved it possibly even more than Elizabeth did), check this one out!
My second recommendation is the website where I first learned of Hugo Cabret. One of my all-time favorite bloggers has landed a terrific new gig talking about children’s books with her two kids; it’s called the Kitchen Table Reviews, and it has definitely been enriching our library selections. This is a great resource for anyone who’s looking for family-friendly reading suggestions.
Awww, thank you so much for spreading the word. I’m so glad you’re enjoying Kitchen Table Reviews — we’re having a blast doing it!
Mir!! The Reviews are awesome — my kids are almost exactly the same age as yours (Elizabeth is 10 and Luke just turned 8), so we love getting the perspectives of your Chickadee and Monkey.
The Micucci books are great too, we just finished The Life And Times of the Honeybee.
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