Hello all. I hope all you folks stateside had a nice holiday week.

As most of you know, my son is in Spanish immersion school here in Texas, so his English reading has just started to blossom. This summer, the boy has been all about graphic novels and more graphic novels and A to Z Mysteries and Captain Underpants and My Father’s Dragon and the shorter Dahl’s like The Magic Finger, Esio Trot, The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me and The Enormous Crocodile. Does anyone know any young fiction chapter books that feature birds? Now that he’s reading on his own, there’s only so many books I can find before I begin to run out of stuff that’s actually enjoyable to read. It’s that weird space when he’s moving out of picture books, but beyond Frog and Toad and Little Bear… but not reading full blown novels. Any ideas on what’s good that’s NOT Junie B. Jones or The Magic Tree House?

That said, how about another Great Monday Give? Tomi Ungerer’s classic Crictor? All you have to do to win an awesome pre-loved paperback copy of this book is comment on this post before July 15, Sunday at 11:59 PM CT. A winner will be selected at random and announced the following morning.

The winner of last week’s give of the mystery prize package is… Pen Pals & Picture Books. E-mail me your info to webe(at)soon(dot)com. Congrats!

We’ll soon be coming to the five-year anniversary of this blog (has anyone been around since the first Boogle post?), and I have a few things up my sleeve to celebrate. Stay tuned….


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