What we’re reading: week one.
April 02, 2015

What I’m Reading

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin



Internet Shenanigans

The Gangsters of Ferguson by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Danger of a Single Story TED speech by Chimamanda Adichie

Conflicts of interest in nutrition research: recent examples by Marion Nestle

A Fraying Promise: Exploring Race and Inequality in Havana by NPR All Things Considered

I See the Difference in Educational Privilege Every Day by Shakespeare’s Sister, Washington Post



Charlotte’s Chapter Books

The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler

La Grotte des Dinosaures: L’attaque du T-Rex by Rex Stone



Charlotte’s Picture Books

Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Pinkney

Barefoot Book of Brother and Sister Tales by Mary Hoffman and Barefoot Books

Les Mille et Une Nuits Illustrees by Usborne

Dinosaurs: The World’s Most Terrifying Creatures by Veronica Ross



Evelyn and Genevieve

Harvey Potter’s Balloon Farm by Jerdine Nolen

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Ma maman a besoin de moi by Mildred Pitts Walter

Vous êtes tous mes préférés by Sam McBratney

Cromignon by Michel Gay

Peter in Blueberry Land by Elsa Beskow


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  1. By on April 04, 2015

    Love the book recommendations, I would love some more ideas for chapter books for my almost 5 year old daughter, I just put Emily Windsnap on hold at the library, we have read a bunch of Ronald Dahl as well as the rainbow fairy series and we are starting the fairy chronicals. Thanks!

  2. By Sarah Christensen on April 05, 2015

    Danielle, what does your daughter enjoy? I hope you like Emily Windsnap as much as we have. There have been a few parts that were difficult for Charlotte to grasp, but overall it’s a lot of fun. First we read them as bedtime stories and now on our second run we both read aloud and then at the end of every few pages she draws a picture of what happened and writes a couple sentences. She’s understanding much more of it the second time around and being forced to think about the plot line to make her own “book” (which she reads to her sisters) is helping too.

    Other chapter books we’ve enjoyed recently include:
    - Into the Land of the Unicorns, by Bruce Coville (we just ordered book three)
    - Lots of different Rainbow Fairies series
    - Assorted Marguerite Henry books
    - Harry Potter (book one)
    - The Worst Witch series
    - Dinosaur Cave series by Rex Stone (we’re reading it in French right now, which is why it’s linked in French, but they’re also available in English)
    - Roald Dahl, Edith Nesbit, and E.B. White books
    - Not exactly a chapter book but 1001Arabian Nights is super popular here, we have an Usborne illustrated version
    - How to Train Your Dragon series (the early ones are best)
    - Assorted Zetta Elliot books

    Some that are coming up or that I really really really want to get into soon:
    - Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
    - Spirit Animals series
    - Half Magic
    - Magic Shoppe books by Bruce Coville
    - Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
    - Akimbo series
    - Wings of Fire series by Tui Sutherland
    - Choose Your Own Adventure (I am sooooo excited about these, but want her to be a stronger reader first so that she can do more of it on her own)


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