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Ginny Moon – Book of the Week

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The kind people at HQ- Harper Collins Publishing UK sent me an uncorrected proof of Benjamin Ludwig’s debut Novel Ginny Moon.  As someone who has worked with children with ASD for nearly 20 years I couldn’t wait to get stuck in!

Meet Ginny…..Ginny Moon.

A 14 year old girl with Autism who is trying to make sense of life in her 4th Forever Home.

Ginny finally lives in a safe and stable environment in the Blue House with her Forever Parents and yet she is relentless in her quest to return to the past with her abusive and addict mother Gloria.

With the tenacity that a person with Autism can have, Ginny Moon is adamant in her journey to the other side of forever. Along the way to finding her former life, Ginny experiences difficulties in a world that doesn’t make sense to her.  Although readers may initially consider Ginny to be a vulnerable teenage girl, they soon discover she is the true heroine of her own life.

I’ve read countless books narrated by people with autism- while many have been about boys with autism there are few written from the female with ASD perspective.  It was refreshing to have such a complex lead character with ASD be female.

Benjamin Ludwig has masterfully written a piece of fiction that reads touchingly like a memoir.  Written entirely in Ginny’s voice, Ludwig has beautifully captured the inner thoughts & dialogue of a teenage girl with ASD.  Through the complexity of Ginny’s thoughts and experiences readers gain insight into the complex world of girls with ASD.

Drawing from his own experiences as a parent who has adopted a child with ASD, Ludwig has created likeable characters trying to navigate a challenging situation.  Throughout the book readers will laugh and smile and Ginny’s brutal honesty.  Readers will have their heart strings tugged on as they ask themselves how they would react to the trials and tribulations of Ginny.

An enjoyable and insightful read, Benjamin Ludwig has created a much loved character that I hope we haven’t heard the last from.

*This post contains affiliate links for Bookdepository.  That means if you purchase any book through link provided I get a small percentage.  It doesn’t mean they have asked me to recommend any specific books, the books I mention are all ones we know and love in our house.  It doesn’t matter where you get your books just get them!!!  BUT….bookdepository does offer FREE shipping to just about everywhere..who doesn’t love FREE?!?

**  All city and county libraries in Cork are FREE!  You really have no excuse not to check out some new books!

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Big Little Lies – Book of the Week

Book of the Week reading together

 

This week’s book is for all the mom’s out there who are in the mood for an easy page turning read.  Once a month I go to my Americans in Cork Book Club where I can be unabashedly American, laugh with some great American expats and stuff my face with a lot of American food. I love that I’ve gotten back into reading for myself over the past few months, but let’s be honest- our mommy me time is limited so it has to be something good….and if it’s not I am quite possibly going to fall asleep before I finish a chapter!

This month we read Big Little Lies By Liane Moriarty and I couldn’t put it down.

Big Little Lies is about a group of women finding their social position within the modern day social class system that is: school moms.  On it’s surface this group of kindergarten moms has all the cliché cliques you would expect,  working moms, stay-at-home moms, the moms who do everything, the moms who rather not be involved etc.  Once you get into the book you soon realise Liane Moriarty has once again given us likeable complex characters that are all facing some sort of crossroads in their life.  In doing so she creates a book full of characters that everyone is bound to relate to at least a little bit.  What struck me was despite it being set in a coastal Australian town- the story could easily have happened in Cork.  The dynamic among these moms all sending their children off to school for the first time quite possibly happens the world over.

If complex, likeable characters weren’t enough, there is also a murder.  From the very early pages you are aware something tragic has happened at the school’s trivia night.  Throughout the book you are led through a web of lies that keeps the reader wondering who did what to whom. I was kept guessing to the very end which I loved.

Throughout the course of the book friendships are formed through the challenges each of the main characters face.  Moriarty’s glimpse into the character’s lives is a thought provoking view into the lies that people tell to protect their friends and family.

Most of all Big Little Lies is an easy,  enjoyable read that obviously resonates with women across the world making it not only an international bestselling book but also an HBO mini-series coming to Sky Atlantic in March with an all-star cast.

 

*This post contains affiliate links for Bookdepository.  That means if you purchase any book through link provided I get a small percentage.  It doesn’t mean they have asked me to recommend any specific books, the books I mention are all ones we know and love in our house.  It doesn’t matter where you get your books just get them!!!  BUT….bookdepository does offer FREE shipping to just about everywhere..who doesn’t love FREE?!?

**  Since January 2016 joining all city and public libraries in Cork are FREE!  You really have no excuse not to check out some new books!

 

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Book of the Week Series: Reading Chapter Books to Young Kids

Demi the Dressing Up Fairy Chapter Book

Reading together is big in this house. I don’t need to tell you all the reasons why reading is important because you already know that.  In our Book of The Week Series we share the books we are reading and our family favourites in case you need some reading inspiration in your house. 

***This post contains affiliate links for Bookdepository.com.  That means if you purchase any book through link provided I get a small percentage.  It doesn’t mean they have asked me to recommend any specific books, the books I mention are all ones we know and love in our house.  It doesn’t matter where you get your books just get them!!!  BUT….Bookdepository.com does offer FREE shipping to just about everywhere..who doesn’t love FREE?!?

If you’ve been following This Irish Family on Instagram or Facebook you’ll recognise this week’s book of the week from our library haul last week.  The kids and I spent World Literacy Day loading up on books at our local library!  Every kid should have their own library card!  

library-haul

Anyway, this week we’re reading Demi the Dressing-Up Fairy from the Rainbow Magic Princess Fairy Series by Daisy Meadow. ThisIrishGirl will be 6 this weekend and she has been loving the Rainbow Magic since  ThisIrishBoy gave her some for her 5th birthday.   While the Rainbow Magic books  aren’t quite classics yet,  ThisIrishGirl absolutely loves them.  They are easy to read chapter books about two friends who help the Rainbow Fairies keep their magic powers away from the troublesome goblins who always try to steal it.  The chapters are short with memorable tales of mischief magic.

Each fairy book is the story of a  different fairy character.  With about 100 Rainbow Magic books you’re going to need a library card for sure!

Why you should read chapter books to your young children:

  • Reading chapter books will further grow their love of reading.
  • Chapter books have fewer pictures so young kids start setting the scenes of books in their own imagination. 
  • Chapter books teach patience and waiting.  You can’t finish a chapter book in one single night so children learn to have patience.  They learn the joy of anticipation of what’s next to come.  (think of how often you might struggle to put down a good book at night)
  • Reading chapter books together will promote your child’s listening and comprehension skills.  It provides another opportunity for your child to retain information for later….they have to remember what happened the previous night.
  • Chapter books build vocabulary.  Chapter books have lots and lots of words.  New, descriptive words for your child to learn.
  • Reading chapter books is an adventure you take together. It’s precious time together with family.

 

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Book of the week: Oh the Places You’ll Go

Book of the Week reading together

Reading together is big in this house. 

I don’t need to tell you all the reasons why reading is important-you’ve heard them all before.  

But, each week I am going to share with you the books we are reading along with our family favourites in case you need some  inspiration in your house. 

“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!” 

-Dr. Seuss

 

It’s back to school week!!  I can’t think of a better way to build a kid’s confidence and excitement at the start of  a new school year than reading the Dr. Seuss classic Oh The Places You’ll Go.

We love Dr. Seuss!!!  Every Dr. Seuss book brings out squeels of laughter at bed time!  Did you know World Book Day in Ireland, UK & America takes place in early March to commemorate Dr Seuss’ birthday on 2nd March?

Oh The Places You’ll Go is true to all Dr. Seuss’ books with a story filled with silly rhymes that makes it easy for youngsters to listen too.  It’s colourful illustrations make it a visual work of art much like all Dr. Seuss books.

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The story itself is about a main character who is off on his way….it draws on the journey that is life.  Through his own whimsical way, Dr. Seuss encourages the reader to not be sidelined by the challenges life throws.

I love reading this book whenever life seems to get a bit challenging for our little ones.  It’s a simple way to remind them they are pretty great and will do great things.

Be warned though- I’ve had to discreetly wipe a tear from my own eye more than a few times, but I tend to be an emotional wreck & cry at Christmas commercials.  If you’re like me don’t say I didn’t warn you!

This book makes a great gift for anyone starting a new chapter in life. It’s often given as a graduation gift in the US to young children finishing kindergarten, graduating high school, college of even med school.  I’ve known super organised parents who bought the book the year their child started school and had every class teacher write a note to their child at the end of the year….what a gift!

I’ll never be that organised!!

 

 

*This post contains affiliate links for Bookdepository.com  That means if you purchase any book through link provided I get a small percentage.  It doesn’t mean they have asked me to recommend any specific books, the books I mention are all ones we know and love in our house.  

It doesn’t matter where you get your books just get them!!!  BUT….Bookdepository.com does offer FREE shipping to just about everywhere..who doesn’t love FREE?!?

Also… Since January 2016 joining all  city and county libraries in Cork are FREE!  You really have no excuse not to check out some new books!

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Book of the Week: Good Night Moon

Book of the Week reading together

 

Reading together is big in this house.

I don’t need to tell you all the reasons why reading is important-you’ve heard them all before. 

But, each week I am going to share with you the books we are reading along with our family favourites in case you need some  inspiration in your house. 

 

“The more your read the more things you know. The more that you learn the more places you will go.”

-Dr. Seuss

 

 

My first Book of the Week HAS to be Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown with picture by Clement Hurd.

Goodnight Moon

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This is THE classic American bed time book for generations.  We introduced bedtime stories to the kids before they were both 12 weeks old and this was always the first story we read.  (I firmly believe Goodnight Moon helped make them the excellent sleepers they are today). Our copy is well loved and falling apart. Complete with bite marks and slobber stains.

First published in 1947 Goodnight Moon is really a poem that tells a story about a bunny saying goodnight to the things in his room before going to bed.  The pictures alternate between bold colours and black and white – great for little ones.  The story’s short length and repetition make this an ideal book for even the youngest child.

We love Goodnight Moon so much it is one of our baby gift books we get for friends who have their first child.  Starting a home library for someone is a great way to welcome their new baby.

Goodnight Moon was actually second in a series of three books written by Brown & illustrated by Hurd. The other two books are  Runaway Bunny and My World.  We like these ones too.

*This post contains affiliate links for Bookdepository.com  That means if you purchase any book through link provided I get a small percentage.  It doesn’t mean they have asked me to recommend any specific books, the books I mention are all ones we know and love in our house. 

It doesn’t matter where you get your books just get them!!!  BUT….Bookdepository.com does offer FREE shipping to just about everywhere..who doesn’t love FREE?!?

Also… Since January 2016 joining all  city and county libraries in Cork are FREE!  You really have no excuse not to check out some new books!