About the mother and the daughter

Welcome from the mother half of this blogging duo.  I’m Patti – a writer of marketing research reports by day, and whenever the opportunity arises, a less-professional writer who records daily thoughts, musings and observations and shares the occasional photo over at the blog Read Me.  We live in Southern California, have family roots in Indiana and Pennsylvania, and a lengthy history of living in the Philadelphia area.

I love children’s literature.  A really great children’s book never gets old, and seems to actually improve with every reading.  I read constantly as I was growing up, but somehow missed a lot of the really good books written especially for kids, not finding them until I was a parent, and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them on my own and with my children.  A great source for a lot of the books I discovered was The Read-Aloud Handbook, by Jim Trelease – a gift from my husband when our son was young.  I recommend it highly for anyone with children of any age.  (I still occasionally read aloud to my son – and he is 28.)

I got the idea for this blog from following 101 Books, a lovely blog where you can follow along as Robert reads and reviews his way through Time magazine’s list of the 100  greatest English-speaking novels since 1923, plus Ulysses.  I think our trek will be a bit lighter-going than his, though we do share two books on our respective lists.   (You can read Robert’s reviews by clicking on the titles – Are You There God?  It’s Me, Margaret, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.)

It was more difficult than I thought to find a top 100 list for children’s novels – most lists include picture books and/or books for teens.  But I was happy to find a list on the School Library Journal site, posted on a blog by Elizabeth Bird (A Fuse #8 Production), who is the New York Public Library’s Youth Materials Collections Specialist.  The list of books and details about how it was compiled can be found on our “About the books” page.

We’ll be reading through the books in random order, drawing numbers out of a hat for our current reading assignments.  Along the way, we’ll share information about the books and their authors, as well as any fun activities that suggest themselves.  If there is an associated movie, we’ll also review that after we read the novel.

And now, I’d like to introduce my daughter and blogging partner, Katie

As you know my name is Katie and I’m in middle school.  I do soccer for my school and AYSO, also track and cross country.  I just went to nationals for cross country a while ago and my team got third place.  I love cats and reptiles (I go camping and hiking a lot so I see a lot of reptiles and I’m very skilled in the art of touching lizards before they can run away without hurting them.)  I also love reading, watching movies, and hanging out with family and friends.  That is basically it.  Oh wait!  I forgot to mention I love climbing trees with a rope or bare hand and rock walls.  Bye, talk to you later!



8 responses to “About the mother and the daughter

  1. Great to meet y’all!

    – s

  2. I’ve been reading 101 Books and just saw his Tweet on your endeavor. Very excited about your project as well! Kids don’t read anymore – it’s all about TV and video games. Going to have to make sure my little guy has some of these titles added to his book collection. I’m looking forward to the day when he’s old enough for us to sit down and enjoy a book together.

    • Thanks for stopping by! We’re a little slow in getting this going, but hopefully we’ll get into a better rhythm soon. It is great fun to talk books with your kids!

  3. Great idea for a blog – I’ll plan to check in regularly!

  4. I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. It seems to be the equivalent of a chain letter for blogging, but it seemed fun too. You can see details here: http://emilyjanuary.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/the-versatile-blogger-award/
    My daughter and I recently read My Father’s Dragon because of your blog and she loved it! Thanks for the suggestion. Keep them coming!

  5. This is such a great idea! I myself am trying to read through the classics, with many of my Mum’s recommendations at the top of my list!

  6. This is fantastic! Even if you’re no longer blogging, I’m looking forward to reading your posts and sharing them with my children.

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