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September 21, 2009

Reading Lists:
Since we go to the library each week, it is my goal to share a list of those books with you. I try to do this every Monday. I share a list of the books we enjoyed that week from our local library. Sometimes I share a list of books from our home library. Either way, you have handy list of 5-10 books that you can use as a starting point for your own trip to the library. I include a photo, a brief description of the book and any other observations I or Juliet may have had about it.

Some libraries allow you to "order" books online--this means you can take my list, request them at your library, and then show up and have them waiting for you at the front desk--ready to be checked out.

Thematic Booklists:
These are the same as the reading lists mentioned above, except that all the books are unified by a single theme--art, dance, trucks, holidays, etc. These are helpful if you are looking for a specific kind of book for your child. A great way to encourage a reluctant reader is to find books about a topic he already loves.

Our Home Library:
A home library is as individual and as reflective of personal taste as an itunes library. So much depends on what you like--vintage book, modern books, nonfiction, fiction, etc. The kind of books you own says a lot about your personality. I have included a list of books we own to give you another place to look for inspiration. I am always updating our collection as I stumble upon new books in my bookhunting expeditions. See what we are reading and try out a few--maybe you will love them as much as we do.

Activity Ideas:
I stay at home with Juliet, so I have a lot of time to fill during the day. When the weather is cold or rainy, we struggle with finding activities to keep us busy. During these times, I try to find inspiration in whatever books we are reading--to do simple crafts, baking projects, or imaginative games to add some variety to our days. I am no Martha Stewart, so these are not fancy crafts. They usually turn out pretty crazy looking, but we always have fun. If you are looking for some book-inspired fun, these are a good place to start.

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[illustration by George Buckett from Never Talk to Strangers by Irma Joyce, published 1967.]

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