Reading Delights

Earlier this week the 2010 Caldecott and Newbery awards were announced. As a librarian I always look forward to predicting at least one book that will either get the award or be given an honor. This year I had a feeling that The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly would have some standing in the Newbery. On Monday it received an honor award! I'm just now working my way through it, but I'm really enjoying it so far. It's been a book I've been meaning to read, but had to wait until the library added it to the collection.

Calpurnia is a young girl growing up right before the turn of the 20th century. She is interested in the insects and creatures that she finds around her Texas home. Out of this hobby, grows a knowledge of the natural world and a unique and deep relationship with her grandfather. I'm just in the first few chapters but already I can see that this book holds all the necessary criteria for a modern classic. Caddie Woodlawn meet Calpurnia Tate. And come on, the book art is adorable too!

In other book news, David and I read aloud (to each other) the second Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters by Lenore Look. We had read the first book some time ago and finally delighted in the sequel. It is so much fun to read children's literature with your spouse! We laughed so hard at parts or would pause because we were envisioning our future children responding in  similar fashion. The kids are all a little quirky, but so lovable and believable! It also helps if you are geeky, married to a geek, or have geek friends. It just makes it all the more delightful!

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