Books we’ve read (and loved) this week

This week I listened to the audiobook
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan, and I give it 6 out of 5 stars. I had previously read the book and gave it 5 out of 5 stars. So why the difference? It’s the music! Music is a big part of this book and the audiobook brings it to life! My older son who loves music was riveted by this one! (Grades 4-6)

wolf_keepersI read The Wolf Keepers by Elise Broach, illustrations by Alice Ratterree. I flipped through this book and was surprised to see a pencil drawing of a familiar face — John Muir. That got my attention. The quotes from John Muir’s writing, the Yosemite references, the animals, adventure, hiking, mystery, and friendships — all of these elements kept me reading. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. (Grades 2-4)

I also read the picture book, Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley. I read this out loud to my youngest son. Coincidentally, the next day he went to his first CODING WITH SCRATCH class here at the library! He loved the book and the class. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. (Grades 3-5)

I started reading another book, but the weather last week was so beautiful that I decided to put it down and putter around in the garden instead: “Might I have a bit of earth?”

I’m listening to the 1946 Newbery winner, The Strawberry Girl, by Lois Lenski this week. This one was marked as a favorite by Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and a self-confessed lover of children’s literature. I knew I wanted to listen to it rather than read it because of all the lovely colloquialisms. The book begins: “‘Thar goes our cow, Pa!’” said the little girl. “‘Shore ‘nough, that do look like one of our cows, now don’t it?’” I enjoy stories about hearth and home. This is a humble book, and that’s what I love about it. It’s a family read aloud book. If you like Little House on the Prairie or The Penderwicks series, I think you will find much to appreciate in this book as well. This one is a 4 out of 5. (Grades 3-5)