Often, you can find us at the library choosing books to bring home and enjoy. I have found that the more we read, the more selective or wary I am to the books we open up to read. I have been happily utilizing “good book” lists around the web so that I can place books on hold and not have to scour the stacks.
Amos & Boris was my favorite in this bunch. I try to share only books that we enjoyed because they were good and lovely or because the story evoked great emotion in us.
Imogene’s Antlers by David Small- A lighthearted tale about a little girl who woke up with antlers one day. The book chronicles what happens during her eventful day. Kids are delighted when they get a peek into the next day when Imogene’s antlers are gone.
Amos & Boris by William Steig- I found this book as a recommendation on a couple of book lists and decided to check it out. It’s such a fabulous story about two unlikely friends. I love the language and how the friendship between the mouse and whale is described and how each friend appreciates the other for who they are.
Lucy’s Summer by Donald Hall- Set in a New Hampshire town in 1910, this story is rich with glimpses into the past. It would make a great living literature book to learn about the day to day life in the early 1900’s. I caught myself explaining a lot of little details from the time period. Elle enjoyed it because it was about a little girl and there were things she could relate to, even though her day to day life is a lot different.
The Summer My Father Was Ten by Pat Brisson- A bit of a cautionary tale mixed with a nostalgic tale. A father and daughter are gardening and the father tells about the summer when he was ten. He was playing with the neighborhood boys and when a little fun turned into trouble he deeply regretted what happened. Happily though, amends were made and a lasting, unlikely friendship was born. You’ll want to read this one.
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl- We just finished listening to the audio book (read by Jeremy Irons) and we thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic adventure! I had never read this book (or saw the movie) as a kid so it was a treat to hear it with my kids. The word a** was used once or twice so use your own discretion. I’m sure it’s much easier to edit while reading aloud yourself than while listening to the audio book. I love how the story is descriptive and imaginative. It’s enchanting.
What have you found at your Library lately?
The Odd One Out by Britta Teckentrup – This is one of my favorite finds. It’s a spotting book. There are thoughtful rhyming poems accompanying beautiful animal graphics. The poems comprise of tidbits about the animals pictured and questions engaging the reader to find the “odd one out.” There are several animals featured and even a surprise to find on the last page. The kiddos loved it!
Oliver by Syd Hoff – I remember loving reading this author as a kid. I saw this book and knew right away that this was the same author as Danny and the Dinosaur. It’s a classic for your beginner reader.
An ABC of Pirates by Caroline Stills – We aren’t huge fans of pirates but this was a fabulous and fun ABC book. We loved searching the pages finding objects that began with the letter. Each letter was featured on one page with a short rhyme telling the reader a little about pirates. The illustrations were busy, yet so fun to find the many different objects. In fact, I was not paying close enough attention to see that the pictures were chock full of things beginning with the letter of the page, they were hiding in plain sight!
It’s a Dog’s Life by Michael Morpurgo – Cute story about a day in the life of a dog and shows the special bond between a dog and his owner. My little ones love dogs so this was a winner.
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine – Wow! I’m so encouraged and empowered. I’m planning to purchase this one- it’s a great resource to keep available and to lend to friends to read. This is a very practical look at how to wisely manage your time and keep your priorities straight. It took me a little over a month to read through this book because that’s all the pockets of time I made available to reading… I have been experiencing a time of tremendous growth. Growing in my faith, in my marriage, in the way I manage life. And this book has been affirming and helpful. The back cover says “You know you’re made for a more fulfilling life. With this book, you’ll know where to start…” Through this season of growth I have finally learned what I’m here for. This book is a great tool to learn to keep those everyday things under control and to learn how to spend time on what is important. I loved her chapter called “Yes, You Can Make a Difference” because that’s right where I am – learning what I can do to be generous and giving – because it’s not about me. And I hope to tell ya’ll about all of this soon. 😉
What have you found this week at the library?
Okay, so today is not Friday but I really wanted to share my finds from the Library this week. One find in particular has pulled at my heart strings. The state has proposed to eliminate funding our libraries and in the long run I just can’t see that being a good thing. You can read more about saving our libraries in a previous post.
You Can’t Take a Balloon into The National Gallery by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser – A wordless picture book about the travels of a balloon around Washington D.C. Wordless picture books are great because as the parent you can make up a story and expand upon your child’s vocabulary. Also, when children “read” a wordless book they are using their imagination and thinking more about how the story unfolds. This particular book is awesome if you want to talk about Washington D.C., if you are planning a trip there, or are learning about different famous artworks.
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes – If your child has ever questioned or disliked her name, this is the book to read. We first “read” this story in the Scholastic DVD stories. It is a sweet and special story.
The House Takes a Vacation by Jacqueline Davies – The kids thought this was a funny book and if they were older they would have thought it was even more funny. There were countless puns and homonyms. So if you are teaching these particular literary devices then this book will illustrate them very well for you.
There was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea by Jennifer Ward – Very fun. Kids laughed. Great use of repetition and rhyme.
Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola – The classic tale of the “Grandma witch” who warns Big Anthony to never touch the pasta pot. Well, we all know what happens when we don’t pay attention and when we don’t listen. Big trouble – and consequences. Kids always seem to be enchanted with this story.
Don’t you just love your library? I know I do. Just type “library” in my search box. I love that I can take my kids to not only pick out books to read and take home, but for them to socialize with the other library loving kids. I love that my children get to listen to a story teller, be entertained by a musician, see a magician, create a craft, hear a story, and learn to love books!
Reasons to love your library:
- Story time
- Special events
- Movie showings for a night out with the family
- Book signings
- Meet the author
- Literacy programs
- Free place to play when it’s too cold to go outside
- Cool place to go when it’s too hot outside
- Internet service
- DVD’s to check out
- Place to read
- Place to meet friends
- Place for a meeting (business, nonprofit, community organization)
- Buy books at rock bottom prices (see what we scored at our last Friends of the Library sale)
- They put books on hold for you so you don’t have to drag your kids out of the children’s department to find them
- They bring books from other libraries for you
- They help you find hard to find resources
- Museum passes for discount prices, or free!
- Job & Resume help
- Downloadable books
- Friendly people who love the library
Here are some real life stories of people who love their library and how it’s made a difference in their lives.
Go to your local library this week and say thank you to your library workers! Celebrate this week and share what the library helped you create. There are Unlimited Possibilities @ the Library!
And don’t forget, many of our libraries are in trouble and need your support. Sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries.
What is your favorite reason to love your library?
Shared at the Homeschool Mother’s Journal