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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