This is for the regulars. You know who you are. You’re in the children’s room every week, it feels like you’ve read every picture book in the collection, your child helps other kids find books when the librarian is busy. Maybe there are days when you even start to feel (gasp!) bored here. If this is you, march your child right over to the other side of the library and sooth your ennui with the adult oversize books. These books filled with Read More..
I know, I know, that’s a crazy thing to say. Everyone knows the book is always better than the movie. I’ve been disappointed so many times by movie-versions of awesome books that I wonder why I bother anymore. But every once in a while, I’ve been surprised, loving the visual remake even more than the original book. Here are some great ones: Read More..
At the risk of losing my library certification, or possibly my job, I have a confession to make: I hate Goodnight Moon. Okay, I know that’s not how we encourage children to talk, so let me revise: I don’t prefer Goodnight Moon. Is this the appropriate forum to go into detail about everything I don’t like about it? Probably not, but let me just mention a few things. Read More..
Do you want to share poetry with your child but can’t stand any more of the tired old rhythm of nursery rhymes? You’re thinking maybe it’s time to explore the emotion and organic flow of free verse, but your kids aren’t quite ready for Sylvia Plath. Try these books that explore the sound, rhythm, flow, and feel of words as they tell their story. Read More..
For whatever reason, our culture has become princess-obsessed when it comes to little girls. Parents with the best intentions to raise their girls as strong, competent, independent members of society, must struggle through the princess years, with inhibiting, frilly clothing, simpering ideals, and pink everywhere. Read More..
As a follow up to my previous post on Weird, a book about building confidence and being true to yourself, filled with parental support, I’d like to present 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert (for ages 5-10), a book filled with confidence in spite of a great lack of parent support. Read More..
As I continue my vendetta against perfectionism, I remember a friend recently told me that her 4-year-old refuses to wear certain clothes to preschool because she “doesn’t get any compliments when she wears that outfit.” I was dismayed that someone so young could be worried about what other people think about how she looks. So, Read More..
I have a personal vendetta against perfectionism. I’ve struggled with it my whole life. As I battle my own perfectionism, I’ve decided to preach a little in hopes the newest generation will realize early on that perfect doesn’t exist (so don’t waste your time). Here’s the first in a series of posts highlighting books that help us let go of unrealistic expectations, so we can get on with our lives. Read More..
Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie by Joel Stewart, The Big Blue Spot by Peter Holwitz, What Bluebirds Do by Pamela Kirby, In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck, The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis, and Water Sings Blue by Kate Coombs.
Previously we celebrated the new colored cubbies in the Children’s Room with a list of books perfect for getting cozy in the green cubby. This time, we present some purple options for the purple cubby! Mr Pine’s Purple House by Leonard Kessler, Isabella, Star of the Story by Jennifer Fosberry, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes, Harold and the Purple Crayon and Harold’s Fairy Tale by Crockett Johnson.