Friday, March 19, 2010

What We're Reading

Sometimes when Eleanor and I are running into the library and grabbing books quickly we can take home a jackpot of great reads OR an ok stack that is pretty alright. This week we definitely grabbed some great ones. Here are some that we are really enjoying.

The Hello Goodbye Window by Norton Juster and Chris Raschka--when this was honored with the Caldecott Medal a couple years ago, I liked it, but in revisiting it, it's a top favorite of mine now. Such beautiful illustrations and emphasis on family and imagination.

The Courage of the Blue Boy by Robert Neubecker

The Peace Book by Todd Parr

Now that Eleanor is in her big girl bed, she loves The Magic Bed by John Burningham. I love all his books and of course a book about a bed that flies and travels at night is pretty cool. His Hushabye is my favorite though. Wish it was still in print.

A book that is coming back into print this Fall that I think is my all-time favorite picture book for babies and toddlers is The Baby Goes Beep by Rebecca O'Connell. We're reading alot about babies over here and this is fabulous. I don't know if I've ever enjoyed reading a book to a Baby Laptime crowd more, with Baby Cakes by Karma Wilson as a second.

And lastly, a great book to recommend for a first child expecting a sibling is How to Be a Me the Big Sister by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Sue Heap.

For me, I have felt starved for a great book for awhile now and our book group is reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak which I am a little over halfway through and cannot recommend enough. From the first page it's brillant and you are told the that in the prologue the narrator will introduce himself--the colors--and the book thief. That was enough to hook me. I am wondering now what Zusak's other books are like.

What are you reading??


Kera said...

i'm reading the elegance of the hedgehog right now. It's french and fabulously entertaining.

Cat said...

Book Thief has been one of my fave books since I read it a few years ago. Love it! I even got my son to read it and he loved it, too. Right now I'm mostly reading through this year's Newbery winner/honor books. I'm taking a little break to read a schlock mystery (my guilty pleasure), but soon I'll get back to The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.

adrienne said...

I have to check out The Baby Goes Beep.

I love The Book Thief. Right now, I'm reading Lamb by Christopher Moore, which I am enjoying much more than I expected to.