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Bonding Over Books


by Tracie Grimes
Tracie is a monthly contributor to Kern County Family Magazine

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Reading is a blast!  If you don’t believe me, listen to someone talking about a book they’re really into.  You’ll hear things like, “I couldn’t put it down,” “surprise ending,” or “I can totally relate to that character.”

Reading can add so much to your life.  Bonding with friends and family over the shared love of a novel, losing yourself in the story, connecting with the characters.  With summer break coming up, use the extra daylight to enrich your family life by picking a book or two you can all read together.  Talk about the book.  Have everyone pick a character they relate to the most.  Try to guess how the book will end (but if you finish reading first, don’t ruin it for the others by giving away the ending).

Looking for good reads?  Here are a few to check out for May…

AGES INFANT TO 4

Basher:  Go! Go! BoBo Time by Simon Basher (Kingfisher, 2012), $6.99.  A big clock on each page helps the youngest readers get a sense of how to tell time and what kinds of activities happen at different times.  BoBo’s silliness will keep babies giggling.

Basher:  Go! Go! BoBo Opposites by Simon Basher (Kingfisher, 2012), $6.99.  BoBo’s antics continue to tickle baby and toddler’s funny bones, as they learn about opposites.  Dark, light; black, white; BoBo has a silly way to illustrate each page of opposites.

AGES 4 TO 8

Seababy:  A Little Otter Returns Home by Ellen Levine (Walker & Company, 2012), $16.99.  This is a sweet tale of a little otter that finds love even after he’s separated from his mother and everything that is familiar.  After he’s lost his mom, he finds solace in a new mom who dove down for his food, laid him on her stomach, and fed him mussels and clams and crabs.  He remembered his mother doing this, and it made him happy.  When he returned home to the sea, he remembered the smell and swam to the other otters.  Then, he was happy.  Beautiful painting-like illustrations will have your little readers humming with happiness just like the little otter!

Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit by Chris Van Dusen (Candlewick, 2012), $15.99.  There are two things Randy Riley loves more than anything: science and baseball.  He’s a real genius when it comes to space and robots, but on the baseball field, he’s not exactly hitting them out of the park.  Things change after seeing a shocking sight through his telescope one night.  A fireball is headed directly for his town, and it’s up to him to save the day.  This is a humorous tale of an extraordinary kid.

AGES 9 TO 13

Kid Confidential: an Insider’s Guide to Grown-ups by Monte Montgomery (Walker & Company, 2012), $8.99.  Are the grown-ups really going to eat that?  Is the babysitter friend or foe?  Kids shouldn’t have to figure out hard stuff all on their own.  They’re just kids!  Kids can learn about all the odd behaviors of adults through this handy-dandy guide.  Not only will this guide answer hard-hitting questions like why adults drink coffee, it will give you real-world knowledge you can use to negotiate an allowance and gather data while avoiding detection.  Adults may want to read this guide too – for self-preservation purposes (you’ll also get a good laugh).

Titanic:  The Search For The Lost Fugitives by Anita Croy (Kingfisher, 2012), $16.99.  A wonderful interactive book that will intrigue both you and your young reader.  This “Code Quest Adventure” has readers decoding ghostly messages, as they step into the past of the fateful voyage.  Told through the voice of Brendan, a reporter assigned to write about the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, readers follow the story from the design and building of the Titanic to its tragic end.

AND FOR MOMMY...

Hypocrite in a Poufy White Dress:  Tales of Growing Up Groovy and Clueless by Susan Jane Gilman (5 Spot, 2005), $13.99.  Ladies, clear your schedule this Mothers’ Day, kick your feet up, send the rest of the family to brunch on their own, and settle in to this laugh-out-loud tale of a girl coming of age in the 60’s.  Follow the hilarious and hip childhood of little Susie Gelman, as she takes you through her “imbecilic behavior” as a child.  Perfect Mother’s Day read

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