It was week 12 when I started this post, now it’s closer to week 13. But look!
The ALA Youth Media Awards (Caldecott, Newbery, etc.) were announced on Monday, January 11, and I was happy to see many books and authors I like receive awards or honors, and to discover new books to read soon. On a visit to the library to pick up a few (including That is NOT a Good Idea!, The Princess and the Pony, and a graphic novel called Roller Girl), the children’s librarian suggested a few others, including Winter is the Warmest Season (read last week but not pictured below) and The Chicken of the Family (an absolute must for anyone with siblings – especially if you’re the third kid). We also snagged more Mo Willems (There is a Bird on Your Head!) and Kevin Henkes (Owen).
I have to say, I’m really enjoying this stage of reading where we get to pick books we like and she doesn’t have opinions yet. I’m sure she’ll have great taste in books when she does develop a taste for them (the contents, rather than the materials – but we’re not even as far as teething on them yet), but I’m enough of a realist to know that there will be at least one book that she adores and one or both of us can’t stand (see: Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie from Calvin & Hobbes).
On that note, which books stand up to dozens of re-readings, and which ones do you hide behind the couch and claim are “lost”? What about songs and rhymes? (Speaking of which – it was raining this morning, so I started saying the “It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring…” one, then realized it was about a guy who got a concussion and died in his sleep. This is a nursery rhyme for children?! Who comes up with these things?)