The big girls “graduated” from 5th and 3rd grade last month and I was practically giddy about giving them their graduation gift. Mickey and I had gone on a mommy/daughter date a few days before and I discovered that our local bookstore not only stocks new books, they also stock used! Yippee! I quickly consulted a list that I had compiled on my phone of books I considered “must reads” for them in the next couple of years. Books I remembered being read to me by my elementary teachers, books I read on my own, books that impacted me at their age. I started scouring the shelves and finding the lowest prices on all kinds of great books. PLUS I stumbled up on a few that weren’t on my list but I thought “That’s a fun read!” and grabbed those too. I stopped myself around 15 books, but thankfully since they were all used my tab was just shy of $60. Winning!
Here are the books we presented them with:
|Um, yeah. This picture is upside down and I can’t fix it. Have fun with that.
Our plan was to read most of them together, but since we transitioned the toddler to one nap a day and all the neighborhood kids are finally out of school want to play all day, we have been hard-pressed to find time to just sit down and read together without interruption. We did manage to read “The Whipping Boy” together on a particularly quiet day before school let out and finished it during nap time. The only book in this collection that I hadn’t read previously was “Holes” but I had heard good things about it so I decided to pick it up anyway since it was right next to a couple other Louis Sachar books that I thought were important. I really enjoyed reading it, and Michaela read it next and then Caroline and then we borrowed the movie from the library and really enjoyed that as well! If I had my act together, we could have made it a theme movie night and had spiced peaches, sweet onions, and dinner from cans, a la Camp Green Lake. 😉 Unfortunately I don’t always think ahead so that didn’t happen. Next time!
What are some books you think are “must read” for the 4th-6th grade age group?