There is a man on my morning bus who occasionally asks what I am reading.
He asked yesterday when I was reading this book. The last time he asked I was reading this book (it’s for 9-12 year olds) and I realized that I don’t remember the last time I read a book that wasn’t for or about children.
The only time I have to read is mostly on the bus to and from work. I’m on the bus before 5:30am. As I’ve mentioned before, my brain is not functioning optimally at that cruel, dark hour and words for grownups don’t register. At best, I am at a fourth grade reading level that early, so reading books for children is just practical, you see. Really it just needs to be light reading (alas, the ability to read Faulkner before the sun rises is not one I possess) but I have discovered that good children’s literature is so much more satisfying than mediocre adult fiction. And in most cases, I find children much more interesting than adults.
If there is any hope for my completing a work of nonfiction these days, its subject must be one that is weighing heavily on my mind. Since I’ve just spent the last few months searching for preschools and will have to spend the next several months searching for an elementary school, education, school and child care are on my mind. But I have to alternate nonfiction reading sessions with fiction sessions which means that there are at least 2-3 books in my purse at all times. Apparently I have the attention span of a humming bird.
At least my lack of pre-dawn reading comprehension means, when she’s older, Abby will have an extensive library.
What about you? What do you like to read? Do you have any great kid’s book recommendations for me?