Ellen received her first library card this month. I took her over to the library to sign up, and then we picked out a few books and a DVD. I like to culture them young. Or just get our lazy butts out of the house while saving our money for important things like Target. So, um, here is what she picked:
I love this book. Each page has a picture of a beautiful garden and words like Arbor, Bulbs, Compost and Dig. It’s a great Spring book because we can read about what we are seeing outside. And bonus, Ellen gets to see what a garden really looks like since her mother has a black thumb. One time, we killed a cactus. Not kidding.
Being Catholic, this is a fun way to teach Ellen about some of the best parts of our religion. This book celebrates everything from Ash Wednesday to charity to the colored vestments of each holiday. I want to check this one out when she is older too. It seems like a great book to bring to church with us. Right now Cheerios are doing the trick.
This book is another one full of pretty illustrations. Each page has one line of the prayer, which is not only great for memorizing, but as I’m reading it, it helps me to reflect on the prayer’s meaning more deeply. As a bonus, in the back, there is a commentary on each line explaining it what it means in language kids will understand. Takes all the work out. Thank you.
Out of all of the books we checked out, this might be my favorite. The author goes through the alphabet using abstract art ranging from sculpture to paint to mixed media. The letters are hidden in each piece, and each work has an alliterative caption using vivid, descriptive language. I might just have to buy this one. I love buying things.
This one is Ellen’s favorite. She loves when I say, “I love you, Stinky Face!” She gets the biggest smile on her face. She loves to pet this book, and lately this is her sign of affection. If she likes something, she either pets it or bangs it against something else she likes. It’s, you know, endearing. Love that kid.
At the library, Ellen loves pulling out the drawers in the board book section and staring at the other kids. Most of the time, I can’t get her to focus on a book because she is entranced by another baby walking around the area. I am loving taking her to the library because not only is it a great way to get out of the house, Ellen gets to interact with others while doing one of my favorite things – reading in a child-filled environment where we are supposed to be quiet which means I am so stressed about the entire thing. I mean, just the reading part.
Whatever. I hope that this library card is her ticket to life-long reading…just like her mommy.What books are your kids reading right now?