Yesterday my kids were ignoring me. I know! That never happens!
The reason? They both (the older two) had their noses firmly planted in a book. At first I was put out. Who wants to listen to the sound of her own voice? Then I reviewed the facts: My children are ignoring me because their noses are firmly planted IN A BOOK. Ian was reading Rapunzel's Revenge for possibly the fifty-third time. Eliza was reading Babymouse #8: Puppy Love (Dear Jennifer Holm: Thank you for writing a book that had my emerging reader engrossed for the first time ever. As your undyingly grateful servant, I will be happy to bake and deliver a Black Forest cake at your command. Sincerely.)
So I went off happily to plant my own nose in a book. Namely, the first Amelia Peabody mystery: Crocodile on the Sandbank. Plucky and intelligent Victorian heroine? Check. Historically and geographically appealing setting? Check. Writing that's a joy to read? Check. I'm in!
Here's what else we're reading these days:
Read-Alouds (mostly to the girls):
The Apple and the Arrow (Well-told story of William Tell)
The Fledgling (Just finished. A total pleasure. Discussed with the kids: Is this fiction or fantasy?)
The Canterbury Tales (A Geraldine McCaughrean retelling.)
Tales of Wisdom and Wonder (Folktales from around the world)
We All Went On Safari (One of several African picture books we're reading as part of this month's study of Africa. This one teaches the numbers in Swahili.)
Koi and the Kola Nuts : A Tale from Liberia (and others by Verna Aardema, African folktale queen as far as I'm concerned)
Otto of the Silver Hand (Just finished; downloaded for free on Kindle for iPad)
Marco? Polo! #16 (Time Warp Trio)
The Trumpeter of Krakow
The Action Bible (Ian LOVES this. LOVES it. Have I made myself clear? He'd hit a roadblock in his reading through the Old Testament (don't we all?) and when he got his paws on this nicely done graphic novel version of both Old and New Testaments, he was glued. Laugh if you wish about a Biblical graphic novel, and we can still be friends, but my son yearned for his daily Bible reading, and to me, that's a good thing.)
Plodding her way through a my-first-chapters version of Little Women.
Just finished Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers.
Audiobooks for the Car and House
Yes, I'm reading all of those at once. Is there a problem with that?