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Summer Books: What the Kids are Reading in 2016

  It’s August! Time for a book report, right? Just kidding! Here’s a mostly-visual sampling of what the kids are reading this summer! Their Together Book: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two, J.K. Rowling In July, Toby faithfully read a chapter a day of this book until completion…and he loved it: Armada, Ernest Cline […]

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Summer Books: What the Kids are Reading

You asked us what we were reading? Here are the kids’ top book pics for Summer of Funner 2015! Together, we’re reading…. Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lason and Sydney Smith Anansi/Groundwood, 2015 As lovers of JonArno Lawson’s poems, I wasn’t sure how the kids were going to respond to this wordless jaunt through town. Reader, […]

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Summer Books: Sketching The Faerie Queene [Book I, Cantos i-iii]

Within five minutes, we had read about a knight, a lady, a dragon, a dwarf, a vomiting half-female half-serpent monster, and her combustible spawn….This week, we’re reading the first book of Spenser’s Faerie Queene, and the kids are loving it! The first book features the adventures of the Red Crosse Knight [or St. George] and […]

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Summer Books: Re-Producing Chaucer’s Nun’s Priest’s Tale and a “Classics Comics” DIY

Medieval Bad Girls (and Chickens) Week continues in our Summer Reading Series…. Today, the “chickens” come into play…I read the kids a small bit of Chaucer’s Middle English as well as Peter Ackroyd’s prose treatment of Chaucer’s “Nun’s Priest’s Tale” from his Canterbury Tales: A Retelling. [We borrowed this one from the Toronto Public Library as […]

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Kid-Illustrated Definitions I: Utopia & Dystopia

As part of our summer reading and writing project, I wanted the kids to understand what the terms Utopia and Dystopia meant. This led to a fun exercise that we’ll continue throughout the summer and, likely, into the fall… ILLUSTRATED DEFINITIONS What is an Illustrated Definition? A handsomely written word, a single, kid-friendly definition, and […]

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Summer Books: The Beowulf Notebooks, Day One

This going to be a lit-heavy Summer of Funner…And by that, I mean, we are going to read some of the “classics” and relate to them by taking notes, drawing, memorizing bits, writing about them, re-writing them, or writing original work inspired by them. And the theme of this summer? Well, that would be “dystopias.” […]

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