Omaha Mom Bookshelf: January Edition 2021 To Read List

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The new year is a perfect time to set a reading goal. I try to set a goal each year, and I encourage my kids to do the same thing. You can make your goal a certain number of books, join a book club, or make it a goal to read one book a month! There are also suggested reading lists with different genres to read from throughout the year.

I have a 21 Books To Read in 2021 printable and some book reviews for you to get you started.

Share with us as you get reading!

To-Read 21 Books printableTo Read : The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

My second-grade son came home super excited to tell me about The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. Before his teacher finished reading it to the class, he asked me to get the second book (The Wild Robot Escapes). I almost cried. It’s taken him a long time to enjoy reading. This book was really cute. It’s about a Robot names ROZZUM who ends up living on an island and going wild. The book tells all about her adventures on the island with the other animals and natural elements. There are lots of chapters, but they are short, so it’s a great read-aloud book.

The Answer is…: Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek

To Read : The Answer Is...

There are many days when I welcomed Alex Trebek into my home. I cried when he passed away in early November. I listened to The Answer is…: Reflections on my Life by Alex Trebeck on Audible. I really like to listen to memoirs/biographies on audio, especially when the writer narrates. Alex Trebek and Ken Jennings narrated this book. I thought it was an interesting insight into his life growing up, behind Jeopardy’s scenes, and his life. It was a fascinating book.

2021 To Read : The Island of Sea WomenThe Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

I am a big fan of Lisa See. Her books are fictional, but heavily researched and full of information about Asian cultures, primarily China. The Island of Sea Women is about the Haenyeo-Korean women sea divers—on Jeju Island. This book spans several decades, including World War II and the Korean War. We meet a community of women that are part of the female diving collective and see how their story as friends unravels. This book was a window into a fascinating culture where women are the breadwinners of their families.

Want to-read shelf: The Witches by Roald Dahl, The Diplomat’s Wife by Pam Jenoff, and Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

What’s on your 2021 reading list?

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Ellen Kehs was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois where she met and later married her high school sweetheart, Mason. Together they’ve traveled the world, most recently touching down in Omaha in June 2019. She’s a mom to three little boys, Theodore (nine), Woodrow (seven), and Maximus (four). Life is never boring with her boys! Ellen loves being a military spouse and she embodies the “bloom where you are planted” mentality. In addition to soaking up whatever current city she’s living in, she is passionate about reading and getting books in the hands of children, as well as helping other mamas connect with each other. She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary English education, a master’s degree in adolescent literacy and technology, and she teaches 6th-12th grade English online full-time, but is primarily a stay-at-home mom. Her hobbies include, exploring, reading, swimming, napping, snapping pictures, playing games, baking, and loving on the little men in her life.

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