When he was small, my youngest son had a habit of filling his pockets with treasures he encountered in his daily adventures. I didn't always understand the value he saw in his chosen objects -- really, how many rocks and sticks could one boy keep? In his eyes, though, each one was beautiful and important. Life is just like that on a larger scale, isn't it? We gather up the precious bits of our experiences and save them all to learn from and enjoy later. Perhaps you'll find a little something here that you'd like to keep in your own pockets. Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A bookworm's breakfast -- 17

I don't know if you've noticed it where you are, but in our little corner of the world there have been clues more subtle than flipping over to a new calendar page recently that change is in the air.  I've been waking up to a hint of daylight rather than pitch blackness in the morning, and our dinner table in the evenings is now lit once again with natural rays coming through our kitchen window rather than from a lamp overhead.   The afternooon sun feels warm on my face and the wind has a kinder, gentler quality to it; one morning this week Will noticed that the air even smelled differently, more fresh, like spring.  Despite the newly fallen, fluffy snow that delicately covers the branches in our neighbourhood once again today, there are birds a-plenty in the trees, and they are singing cheerfully as we begin our day.  It is a sound that I hadn't realized I was missing until it reappeared recently, and one that brings hope and anticipation for renewal as the seasons slowly shift.

The boys and I are looking forward to having some down time to enjoy these subtle changes a little more with the March Break being next week.  We are starting to plan some outings we'd like to experience together on our free days, but we're also leaving good amounts of down-time to provide opportunities for relaxing, thinking, playing, creating, and reading.  Today seemed like a good moment to share here a few book titles that Noah and Will have recently enjoyed as well as ones that we're planning to read next week -- maybe you'll find a title or two here that your own children might enjoy in their time off.

Noah's recent favourites:
(You'll find a description of each book by clicking on the highlighted titles.)

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

Will's recent favourites:

Melonhead and the Undercover Operation by Katy Kelly

Trivial Pursuit for Kids Crossword Puzzles by Trip Payne

And these are the books we're looking forward to reading next:

The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis

If you're looking to add a few new books to your children's collections, keep an eye on Chapters/Indigo book stores in the next week or so.  Memory tells me that they often have a sale on children's books around the time of the March Break.  Happy reading! 

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