Question: Best Books for a Rainy Day?

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Today's daily Patch question:

What book you're reading right now, and what you're reading to your kids this week

It's Monday. It's raining. (According to the National Weather Service, it's going to rain all week.)

You didn't think we'd start out with something complicated did you?

Share your best book recommendations—what's on your nightstand right now?

And part two: (or is that a second question?) what's on your children's night tables?

Don't think about it too much—comment below to share your current picks.

Lizzie Hedrick May 16, 2011 at 12:19 PM
NY Times Magazine, open to 1/2-finished crossword (and an ipad...for cheating purposes).
Laurie Lichtenstein May 16, 2011 at 12:52 PM
My 7 year old son is reading the Harry Potter series with my husband. My daughter has just discovered a classic author from my youth (Paula Danziger) so she is reading anything and everything age appropriate by Danziger. (she is 10) I am reading "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" which is like a "Catcher in the Rye" for the modern generation. In fact, if I were teaching High School English now I would have the kids read them side by side.
Lisa Buchman May 16, 2011 at 01:03 PM
My daughter and I just read Mo Willems' newest - Amanda and her Alligator. As quirky as the Elephant and Piggy books, plus the chapter-within-picture book style is nice for emerging readers. I'm loving The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk, who articulates why social media is changing the world (thank you Really Social for the recommendation!)
Amy Baker May 16, 2011 at 02:14 PM
My 10 y.o. is reading The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan -- he's loving it! My 7 y.o. is reading a Geronimo Stilton book -- he seems to really enjoy these books lately. Together we are reading "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E.L. Konisgburg -- anyone remember this from your childhood? A brother and sister from Greenwich run away from home to stay at the Metropolitan Museum -- they spend over a week there and end up trying to solve a mystery over a statue. We just went to the museum last month, so they are enjoying hearing about all the galleries we visited. I just started reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. Translated from Japanese. It's quirky and entertaining -- I keep wondering what is going to happen next.
Katie Ryan O'Connor May 16, 2011 at 03:32 PM
Great suggestions Amy! My son is almost 10 and loves Rick Riordan books...tore through all of them. I'm going to check out the 'Mixed-up Files' Thanks!


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