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Aug 14, 2011

10,000+

We did it! We reached our goal of reading 10,000 pages as a family this summer! Our grand total on the Saturday before school starts is 10,485 pages.



Three cheers to Tyler, a voracious reader at the tender age of seven! He blows me away. He and Zachary both made great strides in their reading abilities this summer, expanded their language base, and explored some fun new stories. I love hearing them talk about books they have both read! I thought it would be fun to share our lists of books, so here they are, with authors and pages.

Tyler (2941):
Big Nate, Lincoln Pierce, 214
Warriors: Cats of the Clans, Erin Hunter, 91
How to Train Your Dragon, Cressida Cowell, 210
How to Be a Pirate, Cressida Cowell, 207
Fablehaven, Brandon Mull, 351
Tiger Star and Sasha, Erin Hunter, 89
Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star, Brandon Mull, 439
How to Speak Dragonese, Cressida Cowell, 219
Alcatraz vs. The Evil Librarians, Brandon Sanderson, 306
Alcatraz vs. The Scriveners Bones, Brandon Sanderson, 317
Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague, Brandon Mull, 498
In progress: Alcatraz vs. The Knights of Crystallia, Brandon Sanderson, 299

Zachary (1820):
The Throne of Fire, Rick Riordan, 446
Warriors: Cats of the Clans, Erin Hunter, 91
Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo, Obert Skye, 361
Alcatraz vs. The Evil Librarians, Brandon Sanderson, 306
Alcatraz vs. The Scriveners Bones, Brandon Sanderson, 317
Alcatraz vs. The Knights of Crystallia, Brandon Sanderson, 299
In progress: Alcatraz vs. The Shattered Lens, Brandon Sanderson, 287

Garry (4623):
Split Second, David Baldacci, 512
The Wheel of Time--Book 5, Robert Jordan, 963
Frankenstein: Dead Town, Dean Koontz, 402
Bossypants, Tina Fey, 304
The Sixth Man, David Baldacci, 416
Solaris, Stanislaw Lem, 204
Lord of Chaos, Robert Jordan, 987
A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin, 835
In progress: Warbreaker, Brandon Sanderson, 688

Heidi (1101):
Raising Your Spirited Child, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, 295
SenseAbilities, Mary Ann Trott, 69
The Out-of-Sync Child, Carol Stock Kranowitz, 300
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, John Gottman, 213
The Anatomy of Peace, Arbinger Institute, 224
In progress: Bonds That Make Us Free, Arbinger Institute, 420

These lists don't include the countless picture books Gavin and Lexi enjoyed over the summer, but they had ample reading time, too. They are both loving If You Give a Pig a Pancake and the other four books in that series. Reading to Lexi invariably involves a game of 50 questions and her endless commentary, which is quite entertaining but never a quick and simple endeavor. Gavin likes reading the same book again and again and again and again...

When we asked Zach and Tyler how they would like to celebrate their significant achievement, they thought for a minute before responding. Zach finally shouted, "A new TV!" Ha! That seemed a little counter-productive, so we invited him to reconsider. "How about ice cream?" I had something a little more substantial in mind, but given the status of our current life, a family date to an ice cream shop was just the ticket. We even had a coupon for a favorite place.








We ordered a new book for each of the kids tonight, too. Read on!
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