New Books We Love

I love children’s books! I love expanding our home library, and I have a dream that when we live in a slightly larger house someday, I can have an entire room filled with beautifully illustrated children’s books and wonderfully imaginative chapter books. YAY! Since we don’t have that perfect dream room right now, I stuff children’s books in every nook and cranny I can find and Little and I spend hours pouring over them together. I love when I can purchase a new one and share it with him. He gets so excited! I guess children’s books are my vice, but I just get so excited about them!

It’s been a while since I did a “what’s on our shelf” type post, so I thought I would share with you the books I’ve recently purchased. Be warned- there are a lot! I buy three or four new books every month. I get them all used, so they’re really inexpensive.

Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk

Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermott. I bought this one for a fun St. Patrick’s Day read. Little giggled hysterically when the wee folk chase off the bad guys who trick O’Toole out of his special gift from them. It reads like a classic fairy tale or folk tale and reminds me of The Goose Who Laid the Golden Egg.

HowIBecameAPirateHow I Became a I Pirate, by Melinda Long and David Shannon. Little’s most recent obsession has centered around pirates for the past couple of months. We had an awesome pirate birthday party in March, and I based a lot of the fun ideas and special touches on this book. He loves to read this one and then run off to pretend he has recruited by a band of fun-loving pirates.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld. I was drawn to this one initially because Little loves big trucks and construction equipment, but after I flipped through the book, I fell in love with the beautifully colored illustrations. When we read it, as each big rig tucks himself in for the night, Little loves to act out whatever the character is doing. It’s so cute! Just like this book.

Library LionLibrary Lion, by Michelle Knudsen and Kevin Hawkes. I picked this one up at a Scholastic Book Fair clearance sale and was instantly drawn to the illustrations. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved books that talked about libraries. Probably because I’ve always loved libraries and books. This is a sweet story that teaches children about giving others the benefit of the doubt sometimes and including people {or lions} who are different.

Where's my TRUCK

Where’s My T-R-U-C-K? by Karen Beaumont and David Catrow. Okay, I am not about to pass up a book illustrated by David Catrow. He often works with Karen Kaufman Orloff, who I also love, and I just could not say no to this book! I also found this one at the Scholastic clearance sale, and it’s one of Little’s most-requested reads. It cleverly teaches spelling, has a fun rhyme scheme throughout, and, have I mentioned the illustrations? This one is great!

I must admit that yesterday I ordered about a dozen more books from Amazon. I may SERIOUSLY have a problem. But what a great problem to have, right? The only problem is when we run out of shelf room. But the great thing about collecting children’s books is that they’re thin and take up very little shelf room. đŸ™‚

Happy Reading!




Filed under Books We Love, Learning at Home

2 responses to “New Books We Love

  1. Where’s my truck is a favorite of ours too. The kids love looking at the dog and what he is taking on each page!

  2. Sarah C

    Oh Kat- we share so many of the same vices/passions. Good list!

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