I posted this week's favorite's in the sidebar. We own hundreds if not close to a thousand children's books but only a handful are right at any particular time. Do you know what I mean? I searched high and low for books to fill out this week's list. I only have 11 items from the library and most of those items are CD's and books on tape. We need some fresh material around here. Yesterday, I took the kids to the little local library and checked out a dozen or so books. We won't be able to go to story time at the big library again this week due to another doctor's appointment.
I pulled Busy in the Garden out once again. This is a summer book with lots of references to the growing garden and illustrations by Sam Williams that will make a little child giggle. I wish the illustrator had a website to direct you to because I find his illustrations especially charming.
Following our Jan Brett theme, I pulled out our copy of Daisy Comes Home. This is great book to introduce the beauty of China, the Gulin area and the Li River. When I was younger I visited the Li River. It was the first time I ever saw a river in which you could see the bottom. The mountains are breathtaking. Daisy Comes Home is a cute story and one that will be different (China) and familiar (chickens laying eggs) at the same time. I also pulled out The Tale of Mrs.Tiggy Winkle to follow up on our reading about hedgehogs. I love the story of Mrs.Tiggy Winkle because believe it or not, I like to iron.
We are reading A Hug for You (a gift from Meme) and Popcorn Shop to reinforce some new words Citcat is learning; "hug" and "pop." I may have written about Popcorn Shop (another Alice Low book) before. This is one of my absolute favorite early reader books. It has such great rhyme and rhythm. I highly recommend it! We are also finally getting around to reading Father Bear Comes Home. Citcat loves the chapter where Little Bear has the hiccups. It reminds us of Hiccupotamus. Hic!
Salamander Room should be on everyone's shelf. It is a story of a little boy who images how he will keep a salamander happy and fed in his room. The illustrations are wonderful. It ended up on the list this week because our copy was in need of repair and was sitting on my desk. For a little fun we will return to Tumble Bumble illustrated and written by Felicia Bond. I just love this book and like it almost better than the Mouse Cookie books that she illustrated but did not write. I was just checking to see if she had written any other books and didn't come up with anything but did find and interesting book that someone might like illustrated by Bond entitled How To Think Like a Scientist: Answering Questions by the Scientific Method.
Lastly, we have been reading By the Seashore. It is a wonderful lift and flap and touch book. Often this sort of book is not enjoyable to read aloud but I think By the Seashore has a creative design and it is also well written. Citcat especially likes finding the treasure pieces and it has given me the opportunity to introduce "lockets and pocket watches."
We checked out a dozen books from the local library yesterday including a few pictured below. More about them next week because we really liked them.