Miss Independent Reader


Well, Big Sis has done it.  She has read her first "big kid" book on her own.  Until now, she has read a steady diet of early chapter books - Junie B. Jones, Ivy & Bean, Nancy Clancy - but this week, she finished the Beverly Cleary classic Beezus and Ramona.  Riding around in a car all day gave her a lot of reading time, but she was determined to finish the book the next day at home.  And finish it she has!  

By the way, is it completely snobbish of me to be a bit embarrassed about that movie tie-in cover?  We've never even seen the movie.  We scored the book (and a couple others!) in a grab bag sale at a used book store.  I try to avoid movie tie-in covers if I can.  I would prefer a cool vintage copy.  

And I am a complete nerd, and it's obvious my seven-year-old doesn't care what the covers looks like, because she read the whole book by herself!!!

She wants to start this next:


We have The Magic Half by Annie Barrows [Bloomsbury, 2008] on loan from the library, and it has to be back in two weeks.  I want to read it, too!  I love Barrows's  Ivy & Bean books, as anyone who's read this blog for a while knows.  I'm hoping she'll still let me read it with her.  I don't know if I'm ready for Miss Independent Reader!

On the picture book front, we've been continuing our diet of nonfiction for Women's History Month.  I have so little March left, and I need to start devoting some time on here for Easter, too, as well as a post (or two) about our Spring Break day trip.  Look for a Saturday post!  Maybe even a Women's History post on Palm Sunday, too.

Spring break is almost over.  I've been enjoying time with my girls.  Next week, I should have more time to write and edit pictures and such.  Sorry to be so short this week!

But as always, Merry Weekend!  Happy Reading!


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  1. Great job Big Sis! I want to collect all the Ramona books for my daughter, but I want them all to have the covers that I was familiar with in the 80's. Soooo cool that you went to an Oz museum!!

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    1. We have mixed covers. At least one of them screams '80s. The Oz Museum is quite awesome. :)

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  2. SO COOL! I read that one to Julia, and I'm not sure she would have been up for plumbing through it on her own yet. She's doing the Junie / Ivy Bean/ random puppy books on her own right now, and is doing Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew at school. OH! Independent reading. Oh my. Well, we can all still do storytime at night right?? xoxoxo

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    1. She was determined! We actually started chapter one together last week, but didn't make it all the way through. She had to ask us about the occasional word, but less frequently than I expected. Seriously, spending so much of the day in the car helped. Thank goodness she doesn't get carsick! She does want to read The Magic Half with me today! I feel better now. Xxxooo

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    2. What a great first read! I guess I need to give ivy and Beam another try. After the first few pages I didn't love their 'tudes. Should we persevere?

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    3. Ivy and Bean are very imaginative and tend to get into mischief, but I don't think their attitudes are any worse than Junie B. Jones or Clementine or other modern heroines in kids books. We thought they were hilarious! :)

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  3. oh, I remember going to the library and checking out all the ramona books and just devouring them. Loved them all. Can't wait for my girls to read them one day!

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    1. I remember teachers reading them to us (and the Henry books before them!), and I know I checked them out on my own, but they all run together for me. I need to reread them!

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    2. Two words. Stockard Channing. She reads the audios and this changed our lives. Revolutionary combo cleary/Channing!! Get one for the car, and that's an order! :)

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