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But of course... having some guided inspiration never hurts when one is creating a to-read book list - especially if it's for the kiddos. So I was excited to stumble across Jamie C Martin's book: Give Your Child the World.
It's a reference book with lists organized by age group and geographical region. To launch her book she and another blogger, Sarah MacKenzie (of Read Aloud Revival fame) are running a online/virtual book club where the only "responsibility" is to read one book from the region for the week. I jumped at joining the book club because:
- This is the kind of responsibility I can handle!
- It guarantees that I will have at least 1 book every week to read to the Spitfire that is not Maisy-related. #winning
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"And this is Michigan." (She says as she points to Africa) "Grammy and Poppy live here."
(Yeah. We're still working on it...)
We had to return that book yesterday because it was due and someone else had reserved it (I'm guessing a fellow GYCTW-er), and for the first time the Spitfire almost refused to give it to the librarian. I guess we know what's on her birthday gift list this year...
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Our #giveyourchildtheworld picks for North America week! Glad "ABC of Canada" was available as an eBook, or none of our selections would have been from @jamie_cmartin 's excellent book. A suggestion though? Future editions should definitely include "Migrant" by Maxine Trottier - a gorgeous book about a low German speaking, Mennonite migrant worker family that travel between Mexico and Canada each year. The story is told from the viewpoint of the youngest daughter who likens her life to that of different animals she sees... Very wistful and poetic... It's broadened my world as well!
Oddly, this week North America only includes Canada and the United States?? And even though I finally had a copy of GYCTW in my hands, absolutely none of the books in her list were available at our local library (though if I wanted to drive 10 miles south I could get most of them! #nothin'doin'). ABC of Canada was available as an ebook though. I also feel like I might have a golden touch with picking books on a whim, because I picked up Migrant and I have absolutely loved it. (The jury is still out for the Spitfire. At this point, though, what would you expect? #gottalovethatgirl #andhashtags #alwaysthehashtags )
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And that's it so far! Next week is Middle East Week, followed by Asia Week, Latin America Week, and Australia/Oceania/Polar Regions Week. These upcoming weeks are the most exciting for me, so I'll be sure to make some reservations at the library and save myself some gas money.
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As for myself? I'm still firmly situated in my non-fiction/memoir camp. It's cozy here. I like it. Here's what I'm reading/have read/will read:
|Maybe I should say "have read, am reading, may read"?|
What I find particularly awesome about this, is while grabbing the pictures of these books off Goodreads, I found this:
|Look at that! AHEAD of schedule! #thatsafirst #oki'mdonewiththehashtags #promise|
What about you? What are you reading this summer (to yourself... to your kids)?
Check out other good blogs to read over at This Ain't the Lyceum, and leave your recommendation there (if not here).