Spider Web Window Clings for What to Read Wednesday

Spiderweb Window Clings and Spider Picture Books

Spiders.  You know I love ’em.  They are such fascinating creatures.  They spin webs.  They kite.  They have those eight amazing legs.

Can you imagine being able to build your house And get groceries without needing any tools or supplies?  Sounds like a life of ease to me.  I’ve loved spiders all my life.  I’m intrigued by how scary-looking they can be.  Their colors.  Their ways of camouflaging.  Their ability to survive.

So we should totally honor them with a very cool craft.

I know Halloween is almost here, but we did this cute craft last week and the boys loved it and there’s still time to hang these babies in your window and be a little more spooky for the holiday.  So let’s make some.

YA Book Review: A Tragic Kind of Wonderful

Review of the YA novel A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom - Lit Mama Homeschool

This book.  This book, y’all.  I have Never (and I really mean that) felt so much sympathy for a character.  I have never so strongly cheered a character on or felt such a tremendous amount of hope as I read.  And she was written by a boy.  And Eric Lindstrom has his own special kind of magic.  How is this only his second book?  How does an author get that honed that quickly?  I’m in awe.

Story Time: In November

Story Time: In November Crafts and activities for the picture book by Cynthia Rylant 

In November is one of those lyrical, gorgeous picture books you want to read over and over again and hope your littles will, too.  That way you have an excuse.  But you don’t need one.  Read whatever you want to.  You’re a grown up.  You finally make the rules.

Sidetracked.  (Imagine that.)

Anyway, I thought this would be a good book to lead us into the next month and all the changes it brings.  Because October is when the world lights up and November is… well, it’s kinda when the lights go out.  Which is cool in its own way, as Ms. Rylant shows us in the brilliant pages of her book.  Between her words and Jill Kastner’s sweet illustrations, November starts to feel pretty cozy.  If you have a little who hates the onset of winter, this one may help her appreciate the coming months a little more.

So let’s do some of my favorite leaf activities as a final hurrah to the best of autumn and a nod hello to bare-boned, stick-figure trees.  While we still can.

I’ve Had Better

Lit Mama's opinion about 6 movies based on books and whether or not you should watch them

Get your mind out of the gutter!  I’m talking about movies here, my friends.

You know, the ones that are based on our favorite books.  The ones that so often disappoint.

If your family is more movie buff than bookworm, let me tell you the reasons to change your ways.  I’m an expert, because I am both.  So I have to know a little something, right?

I’m going to give you the rundown of family films I could have done without and films I loved even if they were slightly different from the books.  And always, always, I’m going to tell you to read the book anyway.

Because books.

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