This is winter vacation week in our town, and you know what that means, right? An expedition to the library to stock up on reading material for the eight year old. (And later in the week, a skiing day trip and ice skating.) In Sunday's book bag were
Runny Babbit, by Shel Silverstein. Silliness from a favorite author of Junior's.
Ghosthunters and the Muddy Monster of Doom, a chapter book by Cornelia Funke. I've read aloud others in the series, and conveniently leave them lying around, in the hopes that Junior read ahead a bit. (The strategy does work on occasion.)
A Platypus, Probably, by Sneed Collard. Nonfiction picture book.
Fireworks!: Chemical Reactions, by Isabel Thomas. Roller Coaster!: Motion and Acceleration from the same series also looks good. These kinds of books come from an educational publisher, so you rarely see them in the bookstore.
The McElderry Book of Aesop's Fables, retold by Michael Morpurgo. A possibility for independent reading.