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.
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!