Library Tip: Enroll in the Library Elf service.
I have learned after talking with friends that one of the reasons they do not go to the library is the annoyance of overdue fines. My husband felt the same way (after he saw several of my accruals). He got online and set me up with a Library Elf service that sends me email notifications several days before my library books are due and it even will self renew if I need it to. This has been so helpful because I no longer feel like I have to rush to the library to get things back. I just go when it is convenient and manage everything online. So head over to Library Elf and get signed up. Oh, I forgot to mention it is free.
Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg (ages 3-5)
My sister gave me this book several months ago. I had forgotten all about it. It is a poem filled with characters from nursery rhymes. "Each peach, pear, plum, I spy Tom Thumb..." It is fun visually because each page has you looking for something on the next page.
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet (ages 4-8)
I never knew the background behind the Macy's Day parade. This book has really interesting illustrations. After learning the story, I love the parade even more.
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams (ages 4-8)
This is a very thoughtful story about a girl, her mom and Grandma whose house burns down. All the neighbors donate things to help them get back on their feet, but they still don't have a comfortable chair to sit in. They each find ways to contribute to a jar that is for a new chair. I was surprised that my 3 year old really liked the story. I also appreciated the sentiments the book taught.
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri (ages 3-5)
We've been making salsa in our house the past few weeks. This silly story is about how much dragons love tacos, but DO NOT put salsa on them. They will of course...breath fire and then your party, house and everything else are ruined.
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR by Don Wood (ages 2 and up)
My kids have been devouring berries all summer. This classic has really beautiful, bright illustrations. How do you protect your big, ripe, beautiful strawberry from the hungry bear?
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (ages 3-7)
I mentioned this in last month's post, but decided that it really should be highlighted on it's own. Harold goes for a walk in the moonlight and draws his whole experience. It is a beautiful, ever-changing landscape that he walks through. The first time I got this from the library, I really felt I had found a treasure!
Moles in Love by David Bedford (ages 4 and up)
This sweet story is fun for kids because the mole can't see and keeps finding love on the farm. He describes the animals in a fun way. At first he falls in love with an animal with shiny, luscious, black fur just like his...only to discover it is a horse. Eventually love finds him.
The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord (ages 5-8)
Everytime I see a wasp, I think of this book. All the citizens of Itching Down rally to solve their wasp problem as they knead, and bake a ginormous loaf of bread. The text is lyrical and fun to read out loud.
Can YOU Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas (ages 2-8)
This interactive book, has kids wondering what they would do if a green bug was tickling their nose, or a if a fly jumped down their shirt. I love hearing my husband read this book with the kids while they jump up and down and giggle.
Cheers to reading!