The other day I piled our reading for the day on the couch. I often do this. Then, as we find ourselves on the couch during the day we just work our way through our pile.
In this pile you’ll find:
The Bible – virtually lives on the couch
Herein Is Love: Genesis (Nancy Ganz) – “Love it!!”
The Word Spy (links to US version) – a recent find and love; looks dull but so isn’t; really interesting and fun to read aloud
Australian Backyard Explorer (Peter MacInnis) – fantastic book to read while learning about Aussie explorers; the BEST!!
Fraction Fun (David Adler) – it was okay
The Empty Pot (Demi) – lovely story; I used it to review climax, setting and characters in a literature analysis lesson
Great Australian Explorers; Oxley, Sturt and Eyre; Australian Explorers: Edward John Eyre – three Aussie explorer books, oldies but goodies
A stash of children’s picture books to teach the concept of alliteration – hit and miss choices but did the trick
Biography of Cotton – we didn’t end up reading this one, it’s still waiting for the right time
My Home in Kakadu – hmmm, ho hum. I’m yet to find great or even good Aboriginal focused picture books
The Rainbow Serpent – a Dreamtime story I pulled from the shelf at the last minute
and finally, but not the least at all…
The Burnt Stick (Anthony Hill) – short, touching but brilliantly told account of an Aboriginal boy who was taken away from his family
No this pile isn’t our ‘norm’ but we do read this amount fairly frequently (maybe twice a week on a good week). Some days we just don’t have the luxury of lounging back on the reading lounge together for quite so long. We would if we could, but we can’t. So we just aim to make the time between ‘good reads’ as short as possible. And try not to let those calling, begging, delightfully awesome books on the shelf distract us too much from our other work. But boy is it hard some days.