Nearly everything is back to being in-person again, but the Mother/Daughter Book Club we started during the height of the pandemic is still going strong. It’s a great way for the “baby friends” – these first graders have known each other since they were infants – to stay in touch since we’re geographically scattered now. Now that the kiddos are older, I run book club less like a library storytime program: instead, we chat a bit till everyone arrives, I read a book or three, and then back off a bit for the girls to have their own time drawing, talking, and playing. (And I’ve heard some absolutely wild imaginative stories! Look for some truly inventive graphic novels to hit the shelves in twenty years or so.)
Without further ado, the books we read together in 2022:
Last year we read 13 books in 11 months, and this year we read 24 books in 11 months (Flowers Are Pretty…Weird is on two different slides by accident, we only read it once. Though I think we also read Butterflies Are Pretty…Gross by the same author/illustrator pair). As the girls have gotten more used to and comfortable with the Zoom experience, their attention span is a bit longer, so we usually read two or three books at each meeting.
Looking at the collection above, we definitely tilted toward humor this year, as well as science topics, fairytale/folktales, and books with SEL (social-emotional learning) themes. What patterns will emerge next year? We’ll see! With Betsy Bird cranking out her annual “31 Days, 31 Lists” of children’s books, we’ll have plenty of material to choose from.