Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Library

We try to make regular treks to the public library. We had fallen out of the habit for a while and went 3 weeks ago. We picked out 8 books and found 4 that were real treasures! The classics are classic for a reason. Madeline is endearing, simple, and tender. You are allowed a lot of imagination and treated to some beautiful scenes of Paris. Madeline is character of a girl- even though we only learn about her in a few lines. Both of my kids loved reading madeline and requested it over and over! We picked up It's Hard to Be Five at the request of one of my blog readers. I can't thank you enough! This book opened my eyes to some of Teagan's behavior and I think it helped her see that she can control the urges and feelings that have been burbling up.
Smash! Crash! was a book I picked up on a whim and kept because it had big trucks so I knew Zach would enjoy it. Both kids loved it! It's a whole little town on truck characters- we intend to look up other titles. We had great fun reading this book and the kids would really get into the smash and crash parts. One morning, Jeff and kids lined up various trucks in the living room and the acted out the book! Truly a fun read!
Ken's Cloud was another book that I just happened to pick up and it is a sweet and creative little tale about a little boy who is bored with his toys so he finds a cloud to come and play in his room. Very imaginative.
We had to return our books on Saturday and didn't have a chance to go in and pick up new books. But we did enjoy some of the books our of our very large home collection at bedtime last night. I'm starting a list of books to look for when we next visit the library. Top of the list is The Story of Ferdinand.
Help me build my list! What other fantastic books should we look for?


Amy said...

Is that Ferdinand the bull, referenced in The Blind Side? I'd like to read that too.

We like all of the Jamie Lee Curtis books. Also, the Little House on the Prairie picture books. Elmer. And Curious George.

Stay away from Skippy Jon Jones. He drives me nuts.

Eternal Lizdom said...

Ha! We love Skippyjon Jones! That was one we read off the shelf last night... El Skippito Burrito... ha!

Collette said...

Robert Munsch!!

Nancy said...

Delainey loves the Fancy Nancy books, Teagan might as well.

Alison said...

Your description of Ken's Cloud reminded me of Harold and the Purple Crayon. There was some imagination!

mimbles said...

I love Alison Lester's books, especially "Magic Beach" and "Isabella's Bed"

Jill Murphy's "Five Minutes Peace" and the other books about the same elephant family are brilliant too.

Madeleine was one of my favourites as a kid, in part because I'd been to the places around Paris that the girls visited :-)

C. Beth said...

One of my favorites is Llama Llama Red Pajama. It was one of Chickie's faves too! It's more for kids Zach's age though Teagan might get a kick out of it too.

Those sound like some great ones, esp. the It's Hard to be Five one!

Jason, as himself said...

Mrs. Morgan's Lawn.

It is funny with a very important message! I love it.

Also....Sleeping Ugly, by Jane Yolen.

Shannon said...

We are big fan's of the Dinosaur Books. How Do Dinosaur's Say Goodnight? How Do Dinosaur's Clean their Rooms?

Karen M. Peterson said...

I'm always looking for fun books for my nephew. I'm definitely going to have to look for It's Hard to be Five! That sounds like a great one.

Eternal Lizdom said...

We have a Robert Munsch book and really like it- I do need to look for more!

We have a Fancy Nancy book- the first one- and enjoy it. Teag got a rdening one for her birthday, too. Definitely a line of books we need to focus on!

I can't believe we don't have Harold in our collection already!!

Mimbles, C. Beth, and Jason- gotta add those suggestions to the list!

The Dinosaurs books are great!

Definitely look up It's Hard to Be Five. Great insight for parents. I really like all of Jamie Lee Curtis' books.

Danielle said...

Love love love the library, really need to become a volunteer or something its such a warm place for growth and!