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Garden Reads: "Growing Good Kids" Book Awards, 2011

Summer in the Field

Junior is now a rising 7th grader. How did that happen? I could have sworn that he just finished kindergarten.

This summer, when he's not app-surfing, he wants to read more Scientists in the Field books. That's the great series from Houghton Mifflin. Some that he has not gotten to yet are Diving to a Deep Sea Volcano; Saving the Ghost of the Mountain; and Wildlife Detectives. Along with many others, he's re-reading Harry Potter, too.

What are your kids reading these days? 


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Lucas is doing theater camp this summer, which is taking up full-time-job-type hours, and he is also obsessed with apps. Other than that, though, he is rereading Harry Potter yet again and rediscovering Rick Riordan. He has to read some Kenneth Oppel for his school's summer reading, but he hasn't started that yet.

There is something about required reading that leads one to delay, isn't there?
J. is in the same boat. He is supposed to read one book, and send in a short report. The school reading list suggests:

Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis
Crash, by Jerry Spinelli
Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
Misty of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry
The Power of Us, by Nancy Etchemendy
Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story, by Mary Downing Hahn
The View from Saturday, by E. L. Konigsburg

My guess is that J. won't want to report on Harry Potter; he likes it too much to associate it with school!

At least you have a few years until he is firmly entrenched in Surly Teen Boy mode. I didn't really see my 15 year old son all summer, and I have to force him to read now, which is such a change.

Ms. Y, while Jr. has enjoyed some books this summer, the summer book report is a different matter altogether. Good luck with the start of the school year!

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