This is what I call a children's literary pairing. To help laud the beginning of a weekend, I love to have a tidy little stack of reads for the kids to pour over on a Friday afternoon. Ideally, it is a little fiction with a little non-fiction. It makes me happy when these selections have just the right amount of diversity for where Myles and Fiona's interests lie.
***The fact that it is January 15th means that we have completed the celebration of three birthdays successfully. I am taking a break from cake baking for a while and will turn my attention to other pressing items. The next thing on my list is to finish a short manuscript on the importance of villains in children's literature. I am focusing on one particular character in my writing and one day I will share it with you. Even if it means strapping myself to a chair until it is finished. I am borrowing this strategy from, Katherine Rundell. In her acceptance speech for Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms which won the 2015 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for fiction she mentions this tactic among many other profound points about the significance of children's literature. You kind of have to read it.
***Here is what I plan on reading this weekend.
And this is what Myles will be listening to:
These audio books are a saving grace on a weekend after birthday bonanzas. Exhaustion and winter weather call for this exact thing. The production is so thoughtful and entertaining, I am constantly giving thanks for Brian Jacques and his story telling band of heroes.
Happy Friday, Everyone!