WWW Wednesdays – April 25, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

– What I’m currently reading
The Warlock by Michael ScottMichael Scott’s The Warlock (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel). Will Sophie and Josh help save the world? Argh, I can’t wait to find out…
 
– What I recently finished reading
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip & Dan Heath. This book is full of very interesting information but most of it comes from research studies you can find in other books. I’m not sure how much research the authors did themselves. I found this book a little long, as it includes a lot of facts. There’s not much about implementation in general, rather a lot of individual examples showing how to implement change. To implement change, you need find the right trigger (the hardest part), then pave the way. I personally think this book is more useful for businesses trying to change their employee behaviors, and less for individuals.
 
– What I think I’ll read next
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. I can’t wait!!!
 
My kids’ bookshelf

Listen to my trumpet by Mo WillemsWhat they’re currently reading
Mo Willems, one of our favorite children’s author, has two new books out so far this year and they’re both very funny. In Listen To My Trumpet, Piggie tries to impress Gerald with her trumpet blowing, but he feels he needs to give her an honest answer when she asks about her performance. In Happy Pig Day!, Piggie celebrates her favorite day of the year, but Gerald is sad, thinking he can’t join the fun since he’s an elephant. A great lesson about differences and inclusion.
We’re also re-reading Mo Willems’ Should I Share My Ice Cream? This is one of the funniest Gerald & Piggie books and I love reading it out loud to my kids. Gerald needs to decide if he should share his ice cream with Piggie or keep it all to himself. But you know what happens if you wait too long to eat your ice cream… A wonderful and very funny lesson on sharing and guilt.

What they recently finished reading
I recently discovered a wonderful series of books for early readers (Level 2) about two cat siblings called Harry & Emily by Karen Gray Ruelle. They are perfect for my kindergartner reader, as we take turns reading (I read the left pages, he read the right ones). There are many books in the series, but our favorites so far are:
April Fool! Harry, Emily and their parents all play tricks on each other for April Fools’ Day. But Emily keeps the best tricks for her brother until the end of the day. My kids love the surprising ending!
Dear Tooth Fairy. When her tooth becomes loose, Emily starts writing to the Tooth Fairy every day. She wants to make sure the tooth fairy knows what she likes so she can bring her a great present when her tooth falls out.
Mother’s Day Mess. You can guess what this book is about from its title. And it’s very funny.
Now I just need to order more books in this series!

– What I think they’ll read next
I’ve ordered more books on dinosaurs and some on good manners, so I’ll probably highlight the good ones next week.

What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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7 responses to “WWW Wednesdays – April 25, 2012

  1. As you know, I finally finished the Stephen King book “On Writing”, and you know how much I enjoyed that. I have it so marked up and dog eared that it looks like I’ve read it 100 times already. And I’m nearly through “The Leopard”, an excellent Nordic thriller. I love reading about Oslo and the different culture. My son just finished “The Hobbit” which I thought was pretty impressive for a kid that just turned 12. :)

    • Congratulations to your son! I’ve had The Hobbit on my to-read list but I can’t make myself read it so far… Maybe I’ll see the movie first for inspiration, which I usually don’t do.
      As for On Writing, you remind me I need to buy the book. I wanted to keep my library copy to read and re-read, but I couldn’t. I loved to see how he had a passion for writing early on and his mom let him explore it. That really helped me acquire years of practice when he was still young. I remembered as a kid, I loved to draw, take photographs and write. I was never encouraged to really pursue these passions. You know, these are not talents you often make a good living at, supposedly. I see how much my five-year old enjoys drawing and anything artistic. He says he wants to be an artist when he grows up, and I say, why not? Good drawing skills and creativity open many doors, so I’m looking forward to seeing the path he takes. It’s so much fun to watch!

      • So true. My 12 year old is really good at magic, particularly card tricks. These aren’t little kid card tricks by any means. He gets the instructional DVDs, studies them, and pulls off some pretty amazing tricks that fool us all. One of his “career” choices is a magician. Who am I to tell him that’s not possible? Luckily, however, he has other, more stable pursuits in mind as well. :)

        It’s good you encourage your son. Parental support goes a long way in kids’ achievements.

      • There’s a magician with his own show in every town, so I know for a fact you can make a career out of it, but you have to be really good at it. And what better way to become an expert than to start young? I know a guy who makes things out of balloons. He’s very talented and is busy with kids’ birthday parties every single weekend. I don’t know what he does for a living during the weekend, but this is clearly his talent.

  2. I finally finished all my 5 books for the Writing Conference. They were mostly all YA fiction, but I enjoyed them. It was really fun to meet the authors…especially Alane Ferguson. She was a riot. I might read some more of her books just because she was such a hoot in person.

    • So many YA fiction books are good, it’s too bad they’ve been “classified” as YA and many adults won’t bother to read them. When I read The Tale of Despereaux, I couldn’t believe how brilliantly it was written. I’m about to read Sara Shepard’s third book of her “The Lying Game” series and I can’t wait. It has many parts that will attract teenagers but overall it’s a great nailbiter. Not that you and I need more reasons to bite our nails…

      • Haha! Yes. Maybe that’s why I bite my nails so bad. I’m always reading suspenseful stories. I loved Tale of Despereaux too! She is a SUPERB writer.

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