We moved into our new home two days before thanksgiving and have been busy unpacking all the boxes.
We went to Russia last week. Here are the books that took us there:
Babushka: An Old Russian Folktale
The Little Snowgirl
AT THE WISH OF A FISH: A Russian Folktale
Russian Girl: Life in an Old Russian Town
Sorry for my recent absence around here–we are pretty busy these days!
We are having fun planning a 3rd birthday party for Lucia. She has requested a cinderella party, so I am scouring the internet for cute ideas.
Stumbled across this cute wagon from MiniWagons on Etsy. They have a lot of beautiful wagons and carriages in this Cinderella style.
We are using a vintage disney CINDERELLA book (the one I read as a kid) as our inspiration for the party because we love the colors and the kids are most familiar and fond of this version.
However, there are so many amazing other illustrated versions that would be fun to use as inspiration. I think Marcia Brown’s Cinderella is also gorgeous and would be perfect for a party theme as well.
What are you up to? What are you reading?
It’s always fun to receive a package of review books from Owl Kids Books. Last week we received some new releases and I wanted to share them with you here.
You know we love birds around here, and Is This Panama?: A Migration Story was a good mix of birds and other migrating animals. This was more on Juliet’s level as there was a lot of text and some good scientific information at the back of the book.
The sheep and wolf are always pitted against each other in children’s books, so this was a fun new take on their relationship–they work together to make a flying machine and prove that “anything is possible.” Anything Is Possible
Have you read any of these? What do you think?
Thanks again to Owl Kids Books for the review copies! All opinions expressed are my own.
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It is our habit to go the library and check out about 30 books a week just for our personal reading pleasure, but this year, I thought it would be good to make a list and try to go through it. Not because we don’t read enough, but just to give us a bit of a guide.
At the end of the year, it will be fun to look back and see all that we have read together, to talk about favorites and which new authors we had discovered.
I found these books in Some of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers and thought they sounded fantastic. I have not read any of the ones listed here, though there were some that we have already read and loved.
There are lists for preschool, 3-4 year olds, upper elementary, middle school and high school as well. The book also gives descriptions and insights as to plot and why these are good choices for children to read on their own or together with a parent.
If you read this blog, you probably don’t need to be convinced of the importance of reading or books, but I enjoyed reading Some of My Best Friends Are Books because it just reinforces what I already knew and gave me some great ideas for more books for us to explore as a family.
Here is part one of our reading list this year. I share the second part in a later post (it’s a lot of books!)
Maybe you can read along with us or tell us about any of the books you’ve read already? I am keeping my fingers crossed that our library has most of these. It not, I’ll be scouring thrift stores and hunting them down on amazon.
Feelings by Aliki
Anno’s Journey by Mitsumasa Anno
Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker
Dawn by Molly Bang
The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery by Graeme Base
If at First You Do Not See by Ruth Brown
Daniel’s Duck (I Can Read Book 3) by Clyde Bulla
Dandelions by Eve Bunting
The Man Who Could Call Down Owls by Eve Bunting
Stay Away from Simon! by Carol Carrick
What Happened to Patrick’s Dinosaurs? by Carol Carrick
Everett Anderson’s Friend by Lucille Clifton
Island Boy by Barbara Cooney
Abuela (English Edition with Spanish Phrases) by Arthur Dorros
What Are You Figuring Now?: A Story about Benjamin Banneker by Jeri Ferris
Bears by Helen Gilks
Iktomi and the Berries: A Plains Indian Story by Paul Goble
The Legend Of the White Buffalo Woman by Paul Goble
The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden
The Man Who Lived Alone by Donald Hall
Do you have any favorite New York City books? Anyone in the hurricane’s path? Stay safe!
(I received What’s Up Bear? as a review copy. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.)