Welcome back, friends!
The big news around here this past week is that the 4yo and I transitioned to chapter books at bedtime. About a month ago, we went to visit family several states away, a 2 day car trip each way. To help pass the time, we listened to Junie B. Jones and Magic Tree House books on audio. By the time we came home, she was fast friends with Junie, Jack, and Annie. And the news that there were paper copies of these books at her library?! Well. That just rocked her 4yo world
So we read a MTH book and are about halfway through a Junie B.. And to mix things up, we also threw these in this week:
by Dan Bar-el, illustrated by Tim Bowers
This spin on the “it’s okay to be a little different” theme got lots and lots of giggles at our house. A dragon who can’t breathe fire, but can breathe teddy bears and marshmallows and bubbles? My kiddo is now dreaming that Crispin the dragon will show up on our front step.
by Tatyana Feeney
My daughter has a lovey that she’s slept with for every nap and bedtime since she was about 6 months old. It’s a rabbit, attached to a blanket, that is confusedly named, “Lamby”. Now, at 4 1/2, I can usually convince her it’s time for Lamby to have a bath, and throw it in with a load of towels. But once upon a time, washing her lovey was something that had to be done in top-secret, resulting in some ninja-esque stealth to get that thing from her bedroom to washer to dryer and back to bedroom. All without her noticing it was missing and all between sleep times. We could both relate to this tale of Small Bunny and his very special blue blanket.
Tia Isa Wants A Car
by Meg Medina, illustrated by Claudio Munoz
Even though this book has been out for a few years, I had missed it, until I heard Meg Medina speak on a children’s book panel this spring. I made a mental note to check the book out, and then life got in the way, and I forgot, until I saw it displayed on the library shelf. (Don’t you love when that happens? Like the book is telling you, “Remember? Remember me?) Beautifully written and illustrated, it’s a story about hard work, perseverance, and family. Reminded me alot of Vera B. Williams’ A Chair for My Mother.
by Sergio Ruzzier
I love the classic feel of this text and illustrations. So simple, but effective. And with just the right amount of humor to keep both child and parent entertained.
That’s it for us! Happy Monday!