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Participants post what they've been reading the past month as well as what they're planning to read in the future.
My husband and I have a Grand Book Club with our eleven-month-old grandson who lives in another state. We sent him some books and bought copies of the same books for us. His parents read the books to him several times, so he was familiar with them. We got together via Face Time, and my husband read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and Joh Archambault to him while he followed along with his own book. His dad sat with him, but my grandson turned the pages. I keep all of our book club books together, so we can quickly have a book club "meeting" whenever our grandson is up for one. A few weeks ago, we were able to have an actual sit-on-my-lap book club time together, which was such fun!
April is Poetry Month. This month, I read an old favorite, Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O'Neill, a wonderful poetry book about different colors. I remember first reading it in 6th grade, and it's still an amazing book! I also read another poetry book, Handsprings by Douglas Florian, a poetry book about spring.
I'm an elementary school reading teacher. I work with small groups of struggling readers. My third graders are reading Marvin Redpost books by Louis Sachar and absolutely loving them. There are eight books in the series, each perfect for third graders. They are chapter books with about 70 pages and enough white space on each page to make it reader-friendly. We are having a Marvin Redpost Day this Thursday with red clothes, red food, a red poem, and Marvin Redpost activities!
With my fifth grade groups, I'm reading Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan and Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman. Esperanza Rising is set in post-Revolutionary Mexico and in California during the time of the Great Depression. It examines the plight of the Mexican farm workers as they struggle to adapt and survive in the United States. Though fiction, it is based on the life of the author's grandmother. Night of the Twisters is fiction as well but is based on a 1980 disaster in which a series of tornadoes devastated a Nebraska town.
Book Club Books:
For the free, online Quilters' Book Club, I read A Thread of Truth by Marie Bostwick, second in her Cobbled Court Quilts Series. It's set in the fictional village of New Bern, Connecticut, very similar to the rural town in Connecticut where the author actually lives. The author deals very sensitively with the theme of domestic violence. You can read all my posts about this book here.
For my local book club, I've just begun reading Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. We're planning on seeing the movie together when it comes out later this year. We've always chosen our books month to month, but we've decided to select books for an entire year - each member choosing one book. We'll see what we think!
What's on Your Nightstand? Inquiring minds want to know! By commenting, you'll be entering this month's give-away of Marie Bostwick's newest book APART AT THE SEAMS, coming out the end of this month. Three lucky people will each win a copy, courtesy of Kensington Publishing! If you are reading this via email, you must click on the title of my blog post to be able to comment and read the comments of others. The winner will be announced on May 1.
Looking ahead to the May Book Selection: These Is My Words: the Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine by Nancy Turner, Historical Fiction based on the life of the author's great-grandmother, set in Arizona Territory, 1881-1901
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post Crazy Chicken and Egg Fabric and Crazy Salad.