It's funny how you always seem to find time to do things once you tell yourself you're going to do it, and my husband and I made sure we would find time to read to our daughter every day this week. On most nights, we used reading to wind her down after bath time. Other nights we read to her after dinner. She was being extremely independent this week and wanted to not only pick the books, but hold them, AND flip the pages. She seemed to gravitate toward Grace Lin's Bringing in the New Year this week and spent a good amount of time just looking at and touching the colorful end papers.
When we finally got her to bed, I spent some time reading, but I didn't have a lot of luck with finding good books to read this week. I abandoned three before I finally found a winner on Wednesday: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel by Lisa See. I finished it last night, and hooboy, this story will stay with me for a while: the torture of foot binding, the bond of a friendship over a lifetime, the plight of women in 19th century China, war, survival, forgiveness...this book has it all.
All in all, it was a great week, and I'm lining up books to read this week. Maybe I'll have some time this afternoon when my little one takes a nap.
Now for this week's winner...Using Random.org, Sweetsue is the winner of four books! Woot Woot! Sweetsue committed to reading an extra book with her granddaughter each time she visits with her. Congratulations! Sweetsue, please send your mailing address to thewellreadchild AT gmail DOT com, and I'll get the books out to you this week.
If you didn't win this week, no worries! Because this week, you have a chance to win 10 paperback books from the Smithsonian Backyard Series. (read my review here) Here's what's up for grabs:
- Firefly at Stony Brook Farm by Wendy Pfeffer, illustrated by Larry Mikec
- River Otter at Autumn Lane by Laura Gates Galvin, illustrated by Christopher Leeper
- Alligator at
Saw Grass Roadby Janet Halfmann, illustrated by Lori Anzalone
- Raccoon at
Clear Creek Roadby Carolyn B. Otto, illustrated by Cathy Trachok
- Groundhog at
Evergreen Roadby Susan Korman, illustrated by Higgins Bond
- Bumblebee at
Apple Tree Laneby Laura Gates Galvin, illustrated by Kristin Kest
- Red Fox at
Hickory Laneby Kathleen M. Hollenbeck, illustrated by Wendy Smith
- Canada Goose at
Cattail Laneby Janet Halfmann, illustrated by Daniel J. Stegos
- Ladybug at
Orchard Avenueby Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, illustrated by Thomas Buchs
- Monarch Butterfly of Aster Way by Elizabeth Ring, illustrated by Katie Lee
Here's how to enter:
- If you joined the challenge last week, leave a comment telling me how it's going so far, OR if you have a blog and posted about it there, leave me your link
- If you're new to the challenge and want to sign up, read more about the challenge here, and come back to this post to sign up in the comments field
Okay, so I'm looking forward to hearing how your week went!