Items for our permanent bookshelf

BookshelfAs I’ve discussed in the past the library is one of mine and the boys favorite places to go in town. Both of the boys have grown up attending story time since they were toddling around and we have a designated shelf in our living room for our rotating check-outs. There are many books that the boys (and myself) check-out over and over. I thought I would share some of our very favorites that I have ended up either purchasing or have on my list to add to our permanent collection.

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

I mentioned this book a few months ago as part of my Friday Favorites and it definitely did not disappoint. I want to add it to my personal collection because it has such a great number of insights on communication within a business and building creativity while also being profitable (perfect for me to share with the business communication class I teach).

A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg

I not only loved the dialogue of this book, but I remember writing down several of the recipes and then returning it, only to check it back out, so I could copy down a few more to use at home. Definitely worth keeping…but I can’t figure out whether I would store it in my kitchen or in the study!

Let’s Go For a Drive! by Mo Willems

By far the boys favorite Elephant & Piggie book, J got not one, but two copies for Christmas…because that’s how popular it is with them! They giggle incessantly throughout it (although A always notes that Gerald should really say “please” more often).

Lllama Lllama Hoppity Hop by Anna Dewdney

This is the simplest of board books, but there was about three months that we renewed this book as many times as we could before having to turn it in. And when we did return it J would immediately ask every night after “What about Llama Llama Hoppity Hop?” Thankfully we now own it, so he can read it anytime he wants.

The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock

In my opinion one of the best artist books for kids. The dialogue is simple in tone, but detailed in description, the illustrations are colorful and whimsical, and it includes actual paintings by Kandinsky at the end. It is a book have check out many times for inspiration and guidance on different projects.

Along, A Long Road by Frank Viva

This is one of the first books that A could read all of the words and read to J. Now J has it memorized and they both read it together. It’s one of those books that just looks like a classic, even though it’s fairly new.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

To be honest if B hadn’t bought this book for me I don’t think I could have ever checked it out enough times to finish it. The notoriety of the book means it is almost always on hold, which means when you do get it checked out you have two weeks to read it. Unless you are the fastest reader in the world (and have lots of available reading time) there is no way you can finish that book in two weeks.

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Why we love the library

I know I have said this before, but I’ll say it again, J loves the library. He especially loves story time, but he also loves picking out books and movies. Some weeks we’ll pick out one or two books, but other weeks…

Library StackWe’ll return with a whole stack! The book “Dog Biscuit” and “Secret Pizza Party” have been the two favorites of his choices, but we have read all of them most days. J was not an eager reader when he was a baby, but we were really persistent and read around him with A. This lead to him being more interested in books and now he brings more books for me to read than A does!

In addition I had one book on my list to check-out and ended up with three…

Library BooksI am already about 50 pages in to Mindy Kaling’s book and it is hilarious. I had read some good reviews on it and needed a break from Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. While I do like The Goldfinch I am struggling with A) How a thirteen year old boy has some many pointedly descriptive thoughts and B) When this book is going to start moving in a bit faster direction. I am determined to finish it, but decided to take a one book break with Minday Kaling’s book. Well one book turned into three books. David Sedaris’ book has been on my list as well, and when I saw it sitting near Mindy Kaling’s book I scooped it up. Then as J and I were wandering about (J likes to walk around through all of the books after story time…mind you I was carrying the stack of books above along with my choices at this time..I need to get smart and carry a tote bag) I saw they had gotten in a new selection of Agatha Christie novels. Here’s hoping I can finish all of these in a month! And then back to The Goldfinch.

Happy Reading!

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How I persuaded J to leave the library….and a summer reading update

libraryJ LOVES the library and story time. J does not love leaving the library and story time. Therefore, I have to find an opportune window to leave in which I do not have to carry him out mid-temper tantrum. On Wednesday it was a Monster’s University DVD. That we already own at home. But he wanted to watch it and carried it around in his hands the whole time. So we checked out that DVD. Because it meant I could leave without a tantrum. And entering and leaving the library tantrum free is a good day. So now on to an update of summer reading…

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Two books down, five to go….plus a few extras

Wuthering Heights

The Wuthering Heights board book is J’s go to library book. If it’s there he picks it to check-out. The boys created a great library game at home, and were playing really well until A decided that someone else had checked-out Wuthering Heights. J was MAD! I think it’s all the doors on the houses that are in the book…the kid is obsessed with doors. In addition to that rambling, here is my update on my summer reading if you would like to see…

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