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book uncle and me

Week-end reading.  Reading this before I hand it off to my bookwormy Avery.  Book Uncle owns a free lending library on the street corner in Yasmin’s neighborhood.  His motto?  To provide the “right book for the right person for the right day.”  Wholeheartedly looking forward to this.

Book Uncle and Me is by Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Julianna Swaney and published by Groundwood Books.


emil's clever pig

For today’s #classicchapterbooks, we’re sharing something from the prolific pen of Astrid Lindgren: Emil’s Clever Pig.  The more works we read of Astrid Lindgren’s, the more we love her.  Lindgren's work truly embodies childhood—its curiosity, freedom, caprices and probably most importantly, its honesty.  For who speaks with more candor than a child?

“There was never a boy in the whole of Lönneberga and in the whole of Småland and in the whole of Sweden and—who knows—perhaps in the whole world who got into more mischief than Emil.  He lived at Katthult farm in Lönneberga in Småland in Sweden a long time ago.  No one would have believed that when he grew up he would become the president of the local council and the finest man the whole of Lönneberga, but he did.”

Mischievous Emil can’t seem to escape trouble and shenanigans wherever he goes.  In this installment of the series, he starts off his adventures with buying a horse, lame hen and mad cow at an auction.

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henry reed, inc.

For this week's #classicchapterbooks, we bring you Henry Reed, Inc., written by Keith Robertson and illustrated by Robert McCloskey.  We are privy to Henry's journal which details the events of one industrious summer—when he decides to set up a research firm and other interesting commercial ventures with his crony Midge.

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owls in the family

“One May morning my friend Bruce and I went for a hike on the prairie.

Spring was late that year in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Snowdrifts still clung along the steep banks of the river in the shelter of the cottonwood trees. The river was icy with thaw water and, as we crossed over the Railroad Bridge, we could feel a cold breath rising from it. But we felt another breath, a gentle one, blowing across the distant wheat fields and smelling like warm sun shining on soft mud. It was the spring wind, and the smell of it made us walk faster. We were in a hurry to get out of the city and into the real prairie, where you can climb a fence post and see for about a million miles – that’s how flat the prairie is.

The great thing about Saskatoon was the way it ended sharp all around its edge. There were no outskirts to Saskatoon. When you stepped off the end of the Railroad Bridge you stepped right onto the prairie and there you were – free as the gophers. …

But this day Bruce and I weren’t interested in gophers. We were looking for an owl’s-nest. We had decided that we wanted some pet owls, and if you want pet owls you have to find a nest and get the young ones out of it.”

Currently reading Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat, originally published in 1961.  Billy and family bring two new pets into their household—only they’re not of the typical domesticated ilk—they’re owls.  Wol and Weeps incite mayhem and wreak all sorts of havoc at their new digs and in their neighborhood.  Owls in the Family is a delight to read so far. That’s our pick for this week’s #classicchapterbooks.  Head over to to see what classic she’s sharing today.


vincent's starry night and other stories

Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories is a unique take on art history for children.  Significant works of art and movements in art history are enveloped in narrative, which bring to life the context, environment, feel, sights, smells, thought life and dialogue between the artist and his world.  Children's senses and imaginations are engaged as the stories help them relate to the artists and their work.  It's well known that stories bring us closer to what we're learning, and that's part of what makes this such an exceptional book.  Spanning 40,000 years of art history, Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories features 68 stories, reproductions of notable artwork, a timeline of historical events and features about the cities and places where artists worked.

“I wanted to capture something of the moment of making, the mix of personalities, ideas, materials, ambitions and even crazy accidents that results in art.  The stories are all based on historical facts – which of course can be thin on the ground as we go back in time – but I’d like to think they also work as stories in their own right.”  — From an interview with author Michael Bird.

The book is recommended for ages 9 and up, but probably best presented as a read-aloud or read together with an adult who will be able to provide explanation and insight into the terminology, rare words and abstract concepts presented in the book.  Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories would serve as an engaging introduction and foundation for further studies in art history.  It was authored by art historian Michael Bird and illustrated by Kate Evans.  Release date is August 23 from Laurence King Publishing.

Laurence King Publishing is giving away a copy of Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories.  Head over to @averyandaugustine on Instagram to enter.  The giveaway ends on Thursday, August 25, 11:00 PM PDT. 

Images used with permission of Laurence King Publishing.



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