Our Week In Books #41

Blah blah Goodreads blah blah.

This week has been a very bookish event week with Clara Vulliamy at the Henley Literary Festival last Sunday and the Oxford Children’s Book Group Conference yesterday.

The favourite picture books at the moment are any fairy tale / fable re-tellings and a re-emergence of The Spider and The Fly.

I now have both the US and UK versions of Fortunately, The Milk and will write a comparison of them soon. Mighty-Girl wasn’t sleeping (as usual) last night so she started reading the US edition, and pointed out some of the word changes from memory of reading the UK edition a couple of weeks ago!

Mighty-Girl really can read quite well but hasn’t quite got the stamina yet. She reads the beginnings of books but doesn’t really finish any. Something I need to support her with. She definitely needs longer books now in addition to our picture book reads. I wondered whether she was really getting all the words when she reads in her head but her memory of Fortunately, The Milk has shown me that she is reading and comprehending.

At school, Mighty-Girl is on ‘turquoise’ band (ORT band 7) but at home her reading covers almost anything. She tackled words like suspicious and conference without a pause. Without a pause is one of her drawbacks though, as punctuation does get ignored sometimes 😉

I have lots of bookish things to write up. The OCBG conference was wonderful and I will write that up. I want to write the Fortunately, The Milk comparison, and now I’ve finished all the Anna Hibiscus books I want to write about them (long overdue after being sent the second picture book by Lauren Tobia) There is still the rest of the review pile too, with so many gems. Only a week and a half until half term though and I have a bunch of decluttering to sort out because I haven’t for the last three weeks (depression blip). I’ll see what I can fit in but the housework comes first.

New Picture Books read this week:

Books added to shelves: 2 second hand; 3 review books; 2 new Foyles; 1 new OCBG conference (Mostly Books) Cumulative: 412

Library books borrowed: none Cumulative: 132+

Books removed from shelves: none Cumulative: 232

Challenge books read: Welcome Home, Anna Hibiscus (well, I counted the other four even though they take no time to read)

Year progress: 285/365 = 78.1%
Picture Book Challenge progress: /300 = %
50 Book Challenge / Read 52 progress: 47/52 = 90.4%

A reading challenge from http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup

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