Saturday, September 26, 2015

Re-reading kids books is like being reunited with an old friend.

books are friends
When my biggest was my littlest, I lamented to a friend about how decidedly grown up he was getting. “Big kids are fun too,” she told me. I secretly scoffed. How could anything be better than footed pajamas and snuggling in the rocking chair before bed?

My youngest is now a preschooler. I no longer have to carry a diaper bag. Little people can pour their own cereal. Life is grand. It doesn’t get any better than this I told myself.

Then this summer, we started reading chapter books, real chapter books. I mean, I like Henry and Mudge and Fly Guy but now we’re reading books with meat and teeth. Be still my heart.

I don’t know what is the bigger thrill: reading books to my kids that I loved as a child or them discovering new books and sharing them with me. Either way, books are some of my oldest and truest friends. So reading books with my kids that I read as a child is like being reunited with a long-lost beloved friend.

Here are some of the books we’ve enjoyed together:
The Trumpet of the Swan – You can’t go wrong with this E.B. White classic no matter what age you are (It’s also a great book about perseverance, compassion and empathy. See my list here.)

Owls in the Family – The story of a little boy named Bruce and his two pet owls. My six-year-old son laughed out loud a lot. I really enjoyed this one too. 

Class Pets + 1 Squirrel / 1 Dog = Chaos – Every time we see a squirrel now, we all yell “Twitch” after the main character in this book.

Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon – A trilogy of books about Elmer Elevator and the baby blue dragon he rescues. This was admittedly not my favorite, so go figure there were three of them. The kids really enjoyed it though and the illustrations are clever. 

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Farm – I have my son’s first grade teacher to thank for helping me rediscover the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books. We thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Farm and we have

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle waiting in the wings.

Dominic – This is a Caldecott Medal Winner and I can see why. “Dominic was a lively one, always up to something.” One day, more restless than usual, Dominic takes off to see the world. We’re only a few chapters in, but already we’ve enjoyed it.

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