Monday Reads


This week was a little Thomas heavy. For my own sanity, I'm going to limit us to one Thomas book from the library at a time.

1. Hurry Hurry: The language is a little simple for the boy, but the pictures are beautiful and such a sweet farm story. Farm animals are very en vogue.

2. The Foot Book: Sing-songy and catchy. A smart and easy way to learn a few opposites.

3 & 4. Thomas gets a Snowplow and The Special Delivery: What's the deal with the 'Really Useful Engines'. I need to look into this before my child joins some sort of junior engineer group - it's a little creepy, right?

5. Amelia Bedelia: Ah, a blast from my past. He calls her 'Melia Delia' - I'm sure he'll tire of her before we run out of these books from my own collection!

Monday Reads

I thought I'd start each Monday off with a post of our top 5 books from the previous week. Miles is nearly 19 months old, and still LOVES books. He reads the first book I read to him, all by himself! He surprises my husband and I with how well he recalls (and speaks) titles, refrains, passages, etc. He has turned out to be an extremely verbal child, and I feel like he's a bottomless pit with new books. It's a good thing his mommy loves the library!

1. John F. Kennedy and the Stormy Sea: A hand-me-down from my nephew: clearly I didn't pick a level 2 reader for my toddler! Miles follows this story all the way through, and we'll read it several times each day. It's had me reconsidering what types of books I should try with him, actually.

2. Thomas and the Naughty Diesel: What do you do with a Thomas-addicted toddler? Hope that he enjoys the books more than the TV show. Thankfully, there seems to be a lot of these at the Portsmouth Library. Phew!!!

3. Matthew's Truck: I adore the illustrations in this. So soft and simple. A fun fantasy book, and it's added donuts to Miles' vocab (without eating them yet!), so hooray!

4. If You Give a Moose a Muffin: This is my copy, from my first BFF, circa 1991. It took awhile before Miles could get straight through this one. The wandering nature of the story bothered his logical muffin-obsessed mind. Mine too, quite frankly! With this, we added puppet-show to his vocab.

5. Bebe goes to the Beach: *I'm reviewing this later in the week over at the Picture Book Junkies blog.

10 Things about what we're reading now.

1.Books. They've overflowed our shelves, baskets, cubbies, hands, chairs, and home.

2.We go to 2 different libraries, at least 1 trip a week.

3.Board books have been our staple for a few months, for their durability. Picture books are creeping back in for the long, quiet bedtime reading.

4.You can't go wrong with Leslie Patricelli, Simms Taback, or Sandra Boynton in our house.

5.Mommy grabs a handful of picture books, just for her, on our way out of the library.

6.Books about babies are a hit - their bodies, their routines, their actions.

7.I'm afraid to return certain books to the library because they are so loved at nap/bedtimes, but our next trip always gets a few new winners to replace them.

8.You can't predict what will be a success. I thought Baby Bear's Chairs (Jane Yolan, Melissa Sweet) would have been a huge hit, and we can only get 6 pages in each time.

9.When there are several copies of a title on the library shelf, it's a good sign.

10.Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb is the catchiest, most enjoyable read-aloud book about monkeys. And it's from 1969. Read (and see) why, here.

Where do books come from?


Before becoming a mother, I had a very different picture of where books come from, and what families were reading. Now that I have a 1 year old, I feel like I was under a rock sometimes about the industry. Not that I ever claimed to be an expert, but there's nothing like motherhood to give you a new perspective.


Our books come from: My own collection from childhood through present day, the independent bookstore, the library, friends, family, book parties, toy stores, Old Navy, BJs, Marshalls, yardsales, and sooner than I can imagine - the scholastic book club.


I've grown to appreciate all kinds of books - reaching way past picture books. Novelty books are especially fun for a toddler. Last week we saw a whole shelf of "That's not my ..." Usborne books at the library, with multiple copies of most. I eagerly grabbed "That's not my Penguin" and it's been a hit all week. That fuzzy penguin belly on the cover is well loved by the local kids, it's evident in it's grimy, worn down appearance.

Have I missed any other places where books come from?