Calling all Cool 5th Graders (a reading list)

My 5th grade nephew goes to a great school in Brooklyn, NY.  He called Tony and I last night (Hi Nicholas!), because he is raising money for a school camping trip via a class-wide “Read-a-Thon.” I love-love-love Read-a-Thons and any other “a-thon” that gets kids excited about reading enough to call their aunt and uncle…

LIFE LIST of Books for Middle-Schoolers and Beyond

With our first day of school just around the corner, I am using my last, lazy summer days to update our home-library. In the process of organizing our most cherished titles, I have come up with a great list to share. These favorites are works of literature that every child (and adult!) should read. Though…

In Pursuit of a Life Well Read

– The love of learning, The sequestered nooks,  And all the sweet serenity …of books. – H.W. Longfellow – – My favorite summer pastime is reading on one of the porch sofas (or on the boat, with port-light windows open) until I fall asleep, a gentle breeze blowing, book on lap, glasses off-kilter: nap heaven. –…

You Are What You Read

Reading is an all-consuming pastime for our family. We devour books individually, but travel-schooling has allowed us the chance to read together as well. WE LOVE THIS. When we read together, we find so many instances to relate literature to our daily lives. Our dinner-time discussions are rich with literary reference and empathy towards characters in real-life. Current…