Friday, January 27, 2017

New books

So no more 20 books every Tuesday. Not buying books at all is not a realistic goal so I plan to buy one per week. January technically has 5 weeks. I have bought:

Luckily, I also have these ARCs from ALA Midwinter:

Happy Reading! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Gum Girl: Gum Luck

The last book I read lately was Gum Girl: Gum Luck. The book is about a girl named Gabby Gomez who likes to chew gum. The shocking part is that now every time she chews gum, she turns into a super sticky hero named Gum Girl! Gabby knows she can’t keep her secret from her parents, but the bad thing about telling them is that she promised she wouldn’t chew gum again! There’s a new villain in town and he is just ready to "stir" up some trouble! Will she tell her parents the truth and still save the day? Or will she give up gum forever and let Robo Chef get his revenge? Find out in Gum Girl: Gum Luck! 

This book is AWESOME, I loved this one and the first one. I give it 4 stars out of five. Why not 5 you ask? The CLIFFHANGER! I absolutely HATE cliffhangers. They just tell you about something, and you think the book hasn’t ended, then WHAMO! They end the book right as it was getting interesting! My favorite part is when Gabby ate the gum that the monkey stole from her and chewed it. I hope you enjoyed my review on this book. Look for Gum Girl!: Gum Luck in your closest library or bookstore! I read an ARC (advanced reader copy) of the book; it comes out in June. You can win a copy from us at Nerd Camp in Michigan in July!

A Nerdy Daughter and Sister,
Charlotte Ralph

Sunday, January 1, 2017

My Hopes for George's Reading Life

Our writing on this blog has taken a bit of a plunge since my son was born back in October. It is hard to find the time to read or write with a newborn taking up your time. Sara and I are going to go back to writing our normal stuff soon. In the mean time I would like to share my hopes for George's life with books.

George has already shown a love for stories and books. When I was pregnant with him he would often sleep while I was working because I moved around a lot. The exception was anytime I read to one of my classes. He would wake up and move around which to me meant he was happy to hear a story. I read to him frequently now that he is here. He still enjoys books and stories.

My hope is that he continues to love books even though the odds are against him. We live in a society where too much emphasis is placed on a child's ability to read. Students are labeled based on their reading level and their choices are often limited based on that. They can't simply read what they want to read. There is also a push for boys to be good at sports. Boys who are good readers are often picked on and called nerds because they love books. George also has the possibility of having ADHD which makes reading difficult. I want my son to love books so I have to be proactive as his mommy.

I have to make sure that he understands that no matter what anyone says that it is okay to love books. It is okay for him to read or try to read anything that he wants to. I want him to know that his reading level is just a number or letter and that we can and will read anything he wants to. I will emphasize to him the importance of books and that reading makes you smarter and builds your vocabulary. If he happens to have ADHD I will do what I need to to help him focus. I will make sure that he has high interest books that are not too long so he can read and finish them.

To help him continue his love for stories and books I promise to read to him every day. Picture books or chapter books or holiday books not on the actual holiday. I will read whatever he wants to read because I know that reading makes you smarter. There is also the joy and imagination that comes with reading a book. Ultimately, I want him to be a Nerdy Book Club member like his mommy and Aunty Sara.