I am have been doing almost nothing but Cybils reading this month and last, but here’s a brief rundown of the family’s reading anyway.
My daughter, aged six, is mostly still wanting to be read to, but yesterday morning at breakfast put The Chicken Problem by Jennifer Oxley in a bookstand and proceeded to read it aloud to us, while mostly ignoring her breakfast. She’s also been enjoyed I Really like Slop! by Mo Willems. At bedtime, we’re reading some favorite picture books, some re-reading of El Deafo by Cece Bell and started on The Dragonsitter by Josh Lacey, which I picked up at Kidlitcon. We were partway through reading Fable Comics by Chris Duffy (editor) when we had to take it back to the library, though my son had already read it through. In the car, we’re continuing the Little House books with By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Happily, the necessarily discussions of racism in context are decreasing at this point in the series. It’s still one that both kids are enjoying.
My son, newly 11, has reached an exciting milestone: he is reading a novel in print and not getting bogged down. As I mentioned when I reviewed the book, he’d asked for the audio version of The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, because we listened to book one in the car together. But it’s far too scary to subject his little sister to in the car, and as he needed a fantasy book for a school assignment, I brought it home from the library for him. Now he’s three-quarters of the way through, and reading happily. He’s listening to Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke on his own, and we’re re-listening to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin in the car. We’ve finished our reading of The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley and have moved on to Harry Crewe’s adventures in The Blue Sword, also by Robin McKinley.
My love is enjoying some middle grade fantasy himself – Galaxy Pirates: Hunt for the Pyxis by Zoë Ferraris. I think he’s listening to Carry on by Rainbow Rowell on audio, though I could be wrong… [Updated 12/2/15 to say] I was wrong. Carry On is up next, but he’s currently listening to The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher.
I am listening to Carry on in the car. MiNRs by Kevin Sylvester and The Wild Swans by Jackie Morris are my current Cybils nominees, and I have another 20 or so I’d like to read after that, which I won’t list here. The other library book waiting for me when I have a gap in the Cybils reading is Temple of Doubt by Anne Boles Levy.