Is it odd that I just spent two, of the three hours, of my morning free time reading children's books at the local Barnes & Noble?
I really couldn't help myself. I went with a purpose. To get Tate a book or two for Valentine's Day. Her gift each year. Then I couldn't decide. I pulled out my kids book wish list (is that weird that I carry one around?) and read the more than 50 titles that had accumulated on the list.
So, I scoured the shelves, found about 20 of the 50 titles and started reading... and reading... and reading.
For two hours.
To be honest, I could have stayed for at least another hour. I had a glorious time. I really love children's books. The beautiful, or whimsical, or simple pictures, the funny, or witty, or sweet stories- it all sucks me in. Of course, I added a few new ones to my "wish list", and walked away with just two. Self control at it's finest, as I wanted to buy twenty.
Here are the two I just couldn't part with this time.
This 2011 Caldecott Medal Winner, caught my eye by the cover. It was not on my list, but the cover is just so beautiful. It's okay to judge a book by it's cover when they are this neat. In fact, the images inside are even better, as is the sweet story. It's easily one of my favorite books I've ever bought for Tate, and I can't wait for her to open it, so I can read it!
I love the Frances books, and Tate doesn't have any yet. I hadn't read this one yet, but thought it was darling! It's got some pretty funny lines, and it'll be a good one for Tate since it's all about making new friends and accepting boys & girls the same (she's having a hard time accepting that girls are cool too). I love all the images, how old school they are, and the story has a great message.
Other wonderful reads that had me smiling this morning:
(and made my wish list)
These three by Mo Willems: (his are already a favorite in our home)
Can I play too?
There is a Bird on your Head!
Are you ready to Play Outside?
Where's Walrus. A cool hide & seek type, pictures only book.
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. I had a hard time passing this one by this time.
Library Lion. Wonderful pictures, and sweet story.
A Porcupine named Fluffy. This was my little sister's favorite book growing up and I realized I'd never even read it. It's quite funny actually, I can see why you liked it Boo:)
Sweet, maybe a little too sweet, but still, it's a must to have in any collection. Maybe more for me than for Tate.
I completely see the value in buying books, I think they're more than worth the money. But they still can get pretty expensive, and I'd like to buy Tate more than just a few each holiday.
How do you guys go about buying books for your kids? Do they get one a month? Earn them?
I'd love suggestions!
ps- I used to want to be a children's author, but now I think one of my dream jobs would be a children's book reviewer. Is that a job? If so, I want it.