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Amy Johnson  Trying to cultivate a love of reading in each of my five sons. Sharing daily images of the books we're reading and the things we love. #sunlitkidpages

26. A Rambler Steals Home by Carter Higgins // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I’ve always had a soft spot for middle grade fiction, and this one was just great. My favorite quote? “Sometimes big hearts make bad decisions.” I loved the way Derby didn’t let her mistakes stop her from finding ways to love others. #sunlitpages #sunlitpages2018reads

The boys and I love listening to the Classics for Kids radio show on our drive to school each morning because each episode is just five minutes long—the perfect length of time between home and school. Last week, we listened to all of the episodes about composer Leonard Bernstein. Then, quite coincidentally, I found out that the @utahsymphony was dedicating an entire program to his music this weekend. So I decided to go (with Mike, not my kids.) (When Aaron heard where we were going, he said, “So...you heard a commercial on the radio, and now you’re going?!” Don’t be so surprised, kid.)
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And, turns out, it was one of the best concerts of my entire life. I’m not kidding. There just isn’t any replacement for live music. It was thrilling. Sometimes, at the end of a concert, I kind of feel pressured to give a standing ovation because everyone else is doing it. But this time, I almost couldn’t get to my feet fast enough. I loved every moment of it and was especially moved by “A Simple Song” from Bernstein’s Mass. 🎵
It’s moments like this one that make me so grateful that Mike and I committed several years ago to go on weekly dates in spite of the money, time commitment, and hassle. Sharing this concert with him was such a treat.

It’s almost impossible to snap a non-blurry photo of this busy boy, but doesn’t his sweater fit him perfectly? It’s exactly what I wanted it to be.
Pattern: Mignon by @letesknits
Yarn: @brooklyntweed Peerie in Nori colorway

25. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf // ⭐️⭐️
Considering the fact that I had to listen to the first few chapters twice, used a chapter-by-chapter summary guide, and referred often to a paper copy of the book, maybe Virginia Woolf and I aren’t meant to be best friends. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Tell me why I should have loved this book! #sunlitpages #sunlitpages2018reads

They said they wanted to do something fun this afternoon, so we decided to follow the example of @jonpaul427 and @bryannakjohnson and go to the driving range.

He reminded me many times how lonely I would be without him, but I think he actually didn’t feel bad about it at all. First day of preschool in the books!

A couple of years ago, we used to the pull out Bedtime Math around the dinner table and work on a problem or two. My three older boys were the perfect ages for it then. Each page presents a story problem (swipe through for an example) and then asks an easy, medium, and hard question related to it. Now Aaron and Maxwell have kind of moved beyond this, but I recently found How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit on a Plane, which, as the title suggests, asks wild and bizarre questions and then answers them. I mean, haven’t you always wondered how many spider webs it would take to weigh the same as a banana? Well, now you’ll know.
These are just a couple of our favorite math books, but today all of the contributors of the #littlelitbookseries are sharing their favorites as well. That’s a lot of math books! @averyandaugustine @bonjour_mes_amies @braveandkindbooks @carterhiggins @littlebooksbigworld @live_read_write @livingbythepagewithnatalie @maandpamodern @ourbookbag @picturethisbook @teeandpenguin @the.bookwormclub @writesinla

That almost imperceptible change in the air means it’s time for our annual Harry Potter reading. The older boys and I are on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Mike (⬅️) is starting at the beginning of the series with Bradley and Clark. Isn’t fall just the perfect time for a little HP? 🍂🍁 #sunlitpages #kidlit #readaloud #readaloudrevival

Fun fact: This drinking fountain makes a brief cameo in one of my favorite picture books: Snowmen All Year by local author/illustrator team, Caralyn and Mark Buehner.

24. The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech // ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This one surprised me, in a really good way. Many thanks to @heatherkberthold for recommending it, and now I’ll pass along the recommendation to YOU. #sunlitpages #sunlitpages2018reads #kidlit #middlegradefiction

✨ Golden hour at the park. ✨

Apparently everyone else is done with the pool, but we’re still milking these last few days of summer for all they’re worth.

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