What We’re Reading | March

Running Like a Girl is a memoir by Alexandra Heminsley, a freelance journalist and book editor of Elle magazine, about how a breakup led her to start walking, then running, and ultimately completing several marathons. It is a quick, entertaining read and is a nice change from the more serious running books that talk about training plans and nutrition.

The kids are bored with their lunches. I’m bored with their lunches. I needed a book to inspire me to make easy, nutritious, fun-to-eat meals and treats. Catherine McCord, the founder of the popular mommy website weelicious.com, includes over 160 recipes, inspiring photographs, and menu-planning tips in this easy to read cookbook.

Every so often I just have to re-read the books I loved when I was a child. Growing up in a house full of people (we lived in a big house with my grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins), reading gave me the opportunity to sit in my bed and quietly imagine traveling to different places, being a different person. Anne of Green Gables is probably my all-time favorite and, although I have re-read this more times than I can count, it always succeeds in bringing back good memories.

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As Easter approached, I borrowed a few books from the library related to this important holiday. In The Story of the Easter Robin, a little girl, Tressa, makes Easter eggs with her grandmother in the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition and is also told the story of how the robin first got its red breast.

Encouraging kids to read non-fiction books is sometimes not the easiest thing.  When my daughter found the “Who Was” series of books at the library, she got hooked and I was thankful. These illustrated biographies of significant current and historical figures include facts, interesting anecdotes, and timelines, presented in a way that is easy to read and short enough to finish in one evening. Her current choice, Who Was Maria Tallchief? talks about the first American prima ballerina.

The authors of Shivers! The Pirate Who’s Afraid of Everything visited the kids’ school and had a creative writing workshop with the 4th graders (daughter’s class) as well as a family reading night at the gym where they read the first few chapters of their 2nd book Shivers! The Pirate Who’s Back in Bunny Slippers. Needless to say we bought the book to have the authors sign it and it will be on top of the “Read-Aloud” pile.

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