The official blog for author Ashley Chappell. Check back every week for a few laughs at my expense or, if you know the love-hate process that is writing, commiseration.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Ready Read Tuesday - The Short Stack
Welcome back to Ready Read Tuesday! If you are new to my
weekly book challenge, see this post for the background. In order to save time,
let’s just consider this as good of a reason as any to spend some time reading
with the burgeoning young geniuses in your life. To help navigate, I've added
an index page for this and all future Ready Read Tuesday posts here. So
what are you waiting for? Grab one of these great books and let me know what
you've been reading with your kids!
Now for this week’s book challenge – This week’s
theme is “The Short Stack.” Between our busy works schedules and the kids’
school and sports schedules, sometimes the idea of sitting down to an entire
book is just daunting. That’s why this week I’m focusing on short story
collections that make it easy to read to or with your child a little at a time.
There is a little something for everyone in these selections and, because
nothing compares to a child’s laughter, they can be counted on to show you the
funny. Happy Reading!
How It Inspires? Who
among us can’t think of treasured a Dr. Seuss story right off the top of our
heads? And with Hollywood giving kids a fresh appreciation for these timeless
classics, it’s a great time to reintroduce all of us to some of our old favorites.
Seuss was a master of weaving life lessons and tales of morality into incredibly
entertaining stories, helping to build a foundation of open hearts and open
minds for children. “Too Many Daves” and
“What Was I Scared Of?” are two of my favorites in this collection.
2. Ribticklers!: Funny Stories - Chosen by Michael Rosen
How It Inspires? Some
of my favorite childhood memories with my family, even those where I’m a bit
hazy on the details, involve all of us in fits of laughter together. I may not
remember what was so funny, but I remember the feeling – Complete and Utter
Happiness. This book is intended for the middle school aged but, with stories
by humorists such as James Thurber, the grown-ups are bound to get a kick out
of these stories as well.
3. Guys Read: Funny Business – Edited by Jon Scieszka
How It Inspires? For
starters, everything I mentioned above about laughter creating such wonderful
memories applies to this collection as well. But going a step further, this
collection is part of the Guys Read series
aimed at piquing the interest of young boys. Studies show that boys are harder
to interest in reading, and Scieszka has done a wonderful job of putting
together stories that contain all of the ick, gore, and comedic villains a boy
could want in a book. It might be written for 9-11 year olds, but if you have
boys from 9-91, this is your one-stop shop to get them reading.