Book Club (three)
These books were on heavy rotation about a month or more ago, but lately we have been actually doing story times at a couple of libraries, one in Denver County and one in Arapahoe County, and we have been checking out library books to get fresh reads in. I love taking Remy to the library! Mostly she plays near the children's area while I browse the book shelves. My tactic for picking out library books, QUICKLY, and efficiently with two under two is to, yes, search the shelves for interesting titles first. If they catch my eye, then I pull them out quickly and do a flip-through. I am looking for short reads, not too many paragraphs or words, and I will briefly read a couple random pages to get the idea of the story. Some are duds after I get them home, some are so-so, and then some are really great! I love the discovery of new authors and finding interesting stories beyond the typical barnyard animal sounds or "let's go to bed" themes.
A GREAT one I LOVE and want to get for Remy and Arlo's collection is "The Day the Crayons Quit." Have you read it? THAT is a great one; different.
We are loving the Olivia series. They are so funny! All of these books were purchased second hand while thrifting except for the classic, "If You Give A Mouse a Cookie," that was a gift for Remy when she was born from a friend. (Thanks Jessica!) I love receiving children's books for the girls. You can't ever go wrong with books or clothing in my, book.
1. "Not a Box," by Antoinette Portis- Clever! Also a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor book, if you follow the awards... Just a simple book about a bunny who plays make believe with a box. Building imagination and seining beyond the obvious.
2. "Art & Max," by David Wiesner- GORGEOUS illustration! Also super creative and inventive! This one sold me on the pictures, and that's exactly what it is mostly, just images. They are brilliant and also leaves plenty of room for the reader, story teller and listener to create stories of their own and build on the minimal copy it has. Essentially about some desert lizards who paint.
3. "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond- There are several new versions or takes on this one. Remy loves it and it's fun to find the mouse on the pages. A fun read.
4. "Olivia," by Ian Falconer- Until becoming a parent you aren't really aware of the "characters" or cartoon shows until you get to that television watching stage, if you decide to allow television at all before age two. In our house, I have started to allow them when she drinks her daily milk. In the morning, before bed, and sometimes after her nap in the afternoon. I really loathe cartoons and we don't have the T.V. on when I am home, but the long winter and all of us getting sick back in Jan/Feb and on days when momma can't keep her eyes open after an all-nighter with the baby, sometimes it is a life saver. Oh, and at grandma's house where there isn't much to do for a kiddo. Anyway, back to the book. This is one cartoon character, maybe developed after the books, that I don't mind watching too. She is such a funny, go-getter of a pig and she reminds me of my Remy. Always into something... I have since found Olivia books at the library. I think the latest three I checked out were so cute- "Olivia Visits Venice" is really cute!
5. "The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear," by Don and Audrey Wood and illustrated by Don Wood- Not really sure if this is a classic or not, it seems to me like it is and if not, it should be! Such a fun read and fun to act out the scenes. The story is exactly what the title suggests. Great illustrations and a great way to teach facial expressions and emotions.
6. "City Lullaby," by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Carll Cneut- This was a library book at one time that someone had checked out and never returned. Any title with the word "city" in it grabs my attention. I am a city girl at heart. This is a vibrant book about a city and uses different things you find in a city like cabs and trash cans to do simple counting. There is also a red baby buggy on each page and it's fun to have Remy search for it.
Any great books I should add to her collection? I love discovering the latest in children's books, but there are also some great titles from years' past that I am sure are waiting to be found!