Blogging is a fickle hobby but the one thing that keeps me tethered to it is sharing books. There are so many books I want to share. More often than not I don't make the time to share. I do put books in the sidebars but I am not sure how many click through to the blog to see the books. Here is my desk.
I'll share a few of the books I've put here to write about on the blog. My reading life is out of control, too many books and not enough actual reading. I'm going to gather up the 90 odd books I have from the library (many just waiting to be blogged about) and return them to the library tomorrow. So for the rest of the afternoon, we will be reading books one last time. Tonight I will page through the many books for me and decide which I can reasonably read in the next week.
No doubt, you have seen Ida Pearle's A Child's Day: An Alphabet of Play. It is popular for good reason. I've read it to Silas many times. Each alphabet word is a verb and I was able to point this out to Cate. It is a good book to introduce verbs as part of speech.
Gallop, again another popular book. Si loves our used copy. Recently, I realized that he learned the star shape from this book. The last page has a moving star with the words "a star is what you are!" It is a great book for introducing the star shape.
Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms offers a delightful tale of that one day when the tree blossoms start to loosen from the trees and it looks like snow. If you enjoyed the original Fletcher book, check this one from the library.
My blogging friend Alycia, a school teacher and mother to two adorable girls (her oldest is the same age as Cate) has wonderful book selections and like me is trying to read as many picture books as possible before her daughter is "too old." A few weeks ago she recommended Most Loved in All the World. The recommendation didn't include the warning that it will reduce you to tears. If you are trying to impart a sense of life as a slave and the journey north for freedom check out this book. You won't regret it. And then hold our child tight and be thankful that she can always be with you. Kate recommended The Golden Rule. This would make a wonderful gift book. With remarkable illustrations this story explains the Golden Rule in many of the major religions of the world. And then the little boy in the story asks how he can practice the golden rule and the grandfather explains "You imagine how someone else feels. For instance, a new child who is joining your class. How do you think that boy or girl is feeling?" A Packet of Seeds is a pioneer story of one family heading west to the prairie. The mother must leave her family and friends, each friend gives her a packet of flower seeds so that she can recreate a bit of home on the prairie. The mother will need the seeds for hope. This would make a nice compliment to a study of Little House on the Prairie.
I've started sorting out books that I read to Cate that Silas is now ready to enjoy. Lots of moving and organizing of books. I have several posts I want to write about this transition to longer picture books. Month by Month a Year Goes Round and it's companion Day by Day a Week Goes Around are nice to read for learning the months of the year and the days of the week. Si has taken an interest in what day it is. Saturday and Sunday being the optimal days because "daddy is home." I adore What Does a Bunny See? and if you have a young preschooler learning colors check this one from the library. The text cleverly marries color and flowers and the illustrations are adorable. Trout Are Made of Trees is a wonderfully easy explanation of the circle of life, leaf falls from tree, lands in the river, digested by small bugs, fish eat bugs and so on. The illustrations are simple and child pleasing as well.
I also have a small stack of books that I found to do book giveaways on my blog. When I see books at the Goodwill that I already have but would love to share with others I've started picking them up for book giveaways. I have a fairly negative opinion of corporate giveaways on blogs but crafted items or books are just right in opinion. I hope you will agree. :)
I also have a stack of books that I am selling on Amazon but I will write about that in another post.
One last set of books, I found four Winnie the Pooh (hardcover books published in 1961) at the Goodwill for 75 cents each. That made my day. Cate has been listening to the Jim Broadbent CD of Winnie the Pooh and the books are a current favorite. They have that wonderful old book feel. And just one more photo, my little girl wrote this and left it on my desk.