A big bed, a doctor and a bus ride

We have had a few library visits, and I goofed up on our returns. Fortunately, I didn’t get a fine for anything, but it’s stressful going through all our books to find the one paperback library book that’s missing. I’m not going to stop the kids from putting the books on the shelves, but I’m definitely going to keep a closer eye on what they’re putting away!

Here’s the latest stack of books:

Disclaimer: all of the opinions I share here are my own or are a summary of my kids’ reactions.

I feel like you can never go wrong with a Leslie Patricelli book. Every time we get one, the kids are full of giggles. It’s even more fun to listen to the kids crack up as our 4-year-old reads it to the 2-year-old. She gets most of the words right, and she takes a lot of pride in making her little brother laugh. Big Little and Big Kid Bed were BIG fun!

The kids loved this one, but I could have skipped it.

Most of the time when we disagree on the amazing-ness of a book, it’s usually that the kids aren’t fans of something I picked up. This time, I got sick of reading Zoo Zoom! by Candace Ryan really quick. It’s a rhyming book, but it didn’t have much of a rhythm and felt stilted. The kids liked it, so it just goes to show it takes all kinds.

This is an award-winner for a reason!

While I don’t think that the kids got the same meaning out of Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, we both understood that the Grandma in this book is a wise woman. Most grandmas are very wise, but this one was a pro at making observations that many wouldn’t see. This book makes you think of people watching in a whole new way. Everything isn’t as it seems. Sometimes it’s better.

Our daughter tells us on a fairly regular basis that she wants to have a STEM career when she grows up. Some days it’s a dentist-mommy. Some days it’s a scuba-diving-manta-ray-teacher. Some days it’s an astronaut-doctor-ballerina-chef. When she picked up Dr. Jo: How Sara Josephine Baker Saved the Lives of America’s Children by Monica Kulling, I wasn’t so sure she’d like it. I was wrong. She wanted it every night for her bedtime story until we had to return it. We also played a lot of doctor and veterinarian during those weeks. It’s not for a very young child unless they love science, but we learned so much!

As always, feel free to let me know if you’d choose to highlight other books from the stack. Or you know a book that falls in the “if you loved ___, then you’ll love…” category? Please share what to look for at our next library visit in the comments.

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  1. For your scuba diving-ballerina-teacher or any other dreamers, you should try: “My name is not Alexander” by Jennifer Fosberry (I think there’s a little girl version too) or “When I Grow Up” by Al Yankovic


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