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So, I’ve mentioned before how library books can be hit or miss for me. This is because I have about .05 seconds to scan the core of the book and make a judgment about whether the kids might like it. They also sometimes insist on random books for some arbitrary reason, and in the hopes of encouraging a love of reading, I oblige despite potential better judgment.

This time was different, we hit the proverbial jackpot. There were two books (not pictured) that didn’t work out, one of which was intended for older children (which it stated inside the book), and the other was about dealing with death of a loved one. If we did have to address death, though, I would recommend that book, called Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs. This was the first time I was surprised by an ending since we mistakenly started reading a children’s book explaining SIDS. There is certainly a need for such books, but I would like I avoid exposing the kids to those concepts if I don’t have to.

That being said, the entire 12 other books we checked out were a major hit, to the extent that I’ve read all of them at least20 times. Srsly.

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First off, Stuart Little by E.B. White– this one is a chapter book, so we’re reading one chapter a day together. I’ve been wanting to do this for some time, and plan on getting other chapter books like the little house series, etc. So anyway, we’re on chapter 7 of the story that details how the second child born to the Stuart family looks remarkably like a mouse, and details all his adventures. Here’s :my: favorite page so far:

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Cultural context is everything, isn’t it? Trucks, Trucks, Trucks, and Dinosaur! both by Peter Sis– both have colorful illustrations and little or no words. Surprisingly, all 3 kids are interested in them, though they’re obviously most appropriate for the baby. Titles very encompassing of content.

Gator Gumbo by Fleming/Lambert– I liked this book ok, but my oldest loves it, and I don’t think it’s solely because of my awesome Louisianian intonation when reading. It’s about an old gator trying to catch himself a non-vegetarian meal. You get the picture.

I love tools! By Sturges and Halpern– this book has great illustrations and tells the function of various tools involved in the process of making a bird house. It’s probably best for the 18 mos-2.5ish crowd, but all my littles enjoyed it.

The Wolves Are Back by George and Minor– this is a very informative book detailing the importance of wolves in the national park ecosystems. The absolutely stunning paintings detail how re-introducing wolves to the national parks brought back other animals and created change. Kinda lengthy for little kids, but lots of good information. Probably better for 7ish year olds.

Mama Cat has 3 kittens by Fleming– cute and short story about a mama cat and her three kittens. I think my kids love this as much as they do because the outlier kitten they naps all the time has the same name as our similarly behaving cat: Boris.

Pumpkin pumpkin by Titherington–cute story about a boy who grows a pumpkin.

The little house by Burton– I feel like this book is probably a classic, but I’m not sure. It details the life span of a little old country house, and what happens when the city comes to her. Great for illustrating the differences, if not vaguely, of the general differences between country and city living.

Sheep take a hike by Shaw/Apple– another book in the same collection as sheep on a ship, apparently these sheep are quite unlucky. This one had more tongue twisters/less alliteration. Girls loved it.

Lunch! By Fleming– I have never ever seen my 3 year old absolutely LOVE a book as much as this one. If I had to guess how many times I’ve read it to her in the past two weeks, about a hundred might be close. It’s the story of a very hungry mouse, somewhat similar to that infamous caterpillar, it is a simple story with very colorful illustrations. Same author as the mama cat book.

The Library by Stewart and Small– kids lived this book. It’s based on the real life story of a woman who read and collected so many books that she eventually donated them all, and the house she had to house them, as a free public library. I like the writing and the storyline.

Happy reading!

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