I’m keeping track of our library books and DVDs here on the blog.
Little Boy’s stash this week includes:
1. Homer the Library Cat by Reeve Lindbergh (daughter of Charles Lindbergh). Cute story and illustrations.
2. Mostly Ink and Wink (pictures by Pete Whitehead). A first grade level reader. Little Boy likes the characters, and likes to memorize the story and pretend to read it. I get him to sound out some of the smaller, easier words. Just a few. If I push too hard, he gets frustrated, so we do a few here and there.
3. My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems. We absolutely love Gerald and Piggy. LB loves to memorize the pages, then we act it out, doing the voices. He usually makes me be Piggy and he’s Gerald.
4. Thank You, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish.
5. Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by Jane O’Connor. LB really likes Fancy Nancy. We’ve read just about all of them.
6. Uh-oh by Mary Newell DePalma. Meh (I brought this one home by mistake).
7. Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzycki. This is one Miss Cheri (the librarian) found at LBs request. It’s pretty cute.
8. Me and Meow by Adam Gudeon. We have cats, so I choose cat books all the time.
9. Don’t Forget the Knight Light by Tina Gagliardi. Another of Little Boy’s requests. I think it’s cheesy, but he loves it.
10. Dragon Egg by Mallory Loehr. We both love this one. It’s a kindergarten level reader, and the words are simple and repetitive enough that LB can read the whole thing himself (with help).
11. The Avengers: Breakout! adapted from some TV show by Michael Siglain. I absolutely hate the TV cartoon superhero books. They are barely written synopses of brainless superhero cartoons. But Little Boy LOVES them, so I roll my eyes, grit my teeth, and get through them as fast as I can.
12. King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently and Helen Oxenbury. Another request. It’s cute.
13. Uncle Elephant by Arnold Lobel. Little Boy likes his books, (Small Pig is our favorite) so I thought I’d try this one.
14. Pig Pig Meets the Lion by David McPhail. LB likes Pig Pig.
15. Mr. Prickles: A Quill-Fated Love Story by Kara LaReau. We’ve had this one before and I added it to this week’s pile accidentally. It’s cute, though.
16. The Toy Farmer by Andrew T. Pelletier.
17. Shhh! by Valerie Gorbachev.
We haven’t read them all yet, but we’ll get to them by Tuesday. We read 5 books before bed each night, and usually 1-3 books at various times during the day.
MY stash this week includes:
1. Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck. I was hoping for inspiration and recipes, but got neither. It sounds like heroic health propaganda in lots of places. I guess I get tired of the “I was on the wrong militant diet and was so sick. Now I’m on the right militant diet and all my health problems have vanished!” I’m gonna skim it.
2. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. I know it’s a kid’s book, but I never read it when I was younger, and a friend recommended it.
3. What We Leave Behind by Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay. Another recommendation. I have no idea what it’s about or what to expect.
4. The Simple Living Guide by Janet Luhrs. First of all, I don’t know how a book about simple living has the nerve to be over 400 pages long. I’ve been working towards minimalism and simplicity for years, so I’m sure most of this one is preaching to the choir anyway. I’m just skimming for fresh ideas.
5. 100 Hats to Knit and Crochet by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss. To be honest, I’m having a hard time finding even one out of 100 that I’d like to make. I think this one’s going back to the library rather quickly.
6. Stitch n Bitch by Debbie Stoller. I’ve had this one out for a few weeks now. Love it.
7. One Ball Knits: Gifts by Fatema, Khadija, and Hajera Habibur-Rahman. I want to love this book, but nothing grabs me so far.