The Newbery Project: An update

Holy crow, there are a lot of great books out there!

One thing I am realizing– there is no possible way I can keep up with what my kids want to read, keep up with with all the books I want to share with my children, keep up with all the new books out there, follow my own reading interests once n a while, keep up with this project of reading all the Newbery winners and runner ups AND post about every one. So here’s a little recap.

We started Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson (2008 Honor Book) as an audio book, but I was wondering if it was maybe not appropriate for the 7 and 4 year olds to be listening to. That one is on temporary hiatus.

I’m currently reading Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (2005 medal winner) and am really enjoying it so far. It’s my “gym book” that I read while on the treadmill.

I also started Getting Near to Baby by by Audrey Couloumbis (2000 Honor Book) and am enjoying it as well.

I finished Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars, which won in 1971. For the most part, the book left me kind of cold, especially given the fact that it beat out Natalie Babbitt’s Knee Knock Rise, which is a favorite. But there was this one perfect moment at the end of the book that made me understand, I think, why it won.