Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Library Book Share

Janssen and her sisters have a new blog series where they all share information on a given topic.  The first one was library books.  Since A) I have library books and B) I am always looking for new topics about which to blog, I thought I would give it a go.

Library Books

For Mr. F.: 

Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
Life On Mars, season 2 DVDs

For Me:

The Agency 1: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison
Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? by Ina Garten

Can you tell I am looking for some culinary inspiration?  I found a few recipes that I am interested in the above books, but not a lot.  The Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is a bit overwhelming.  If you have any experience with that tomb, give a shout out for recipes to try.  I am also listening to The Scorpio Races.

For Finn:

First The Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
Otto The Book Bear by Katie Cleminson
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal
Ernest, The Moose Who Doesn't Fit by Catherine Rayner
My Bear Griz by Suzanne McGinness
Say What? by Anegela DiTerlizzi and Joey Chou
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis--love this book!
Snip Snap What's That? by Mara Bergman and Nick Maland
Hopper and Wilson by Maria van Leifshout
Peter Rabbit Little Learning Book by Beatrix Potter--this might be Finn's favorite book right now.  It is really quite clever with sections on numbers, colors, letters, and telling time.  Each has a pictures and quote from a Beatrix Potter book.

We went for a couple of weeks without any library books in the house for Finn.  Bad parental move.  I had to field constant demands to "watch" something.  While we normally just watch animated books or music videos, I still try to limit how much of that we do each day (leaving it for the much needed time when dinner is trying to get cooked).  Reading is his default activity, and when there are no books to read (the books that we own don't count, I guess).......then he wants to be entertained in other ways.

Those of you with young kids, how often do you check books out from the library?  Do you request certain books or do you browse the stacks?  I find that I have to actually request books if I want them to be any good.  The "recommended" section of Goodreads has been helpful in this regard.  I have a "bookshelf" for picture books and the recommendations are generated from those that we have already read. 

Wanted in the picture too.


yola said...

You can tell Mr. F he's got great taste in books and tv material! I loved both of those series!

Janssen said...

I NEVER just browse in the kid's section - seems like a total waste of time to me.

Merrick said...

I need to be better about checking out cookbooks from the library -- what a great resource!

Thanks for linking up with us!

Maurine Walker said...

i usually let my 3-year-old browse the kids' section for books, (which he does oh so carefully) and we bring home several at a time, and sometimes we come close to going home with books in languages mommy can't understand, but we're also there almost every week because we attend story time. sometimes it surprises me what books my 3-yr-old and kindergartener want to hear over and over again.

my oldest is in third grade, and he often gives me a list of topics he wants me to find books on for him while he's at school. right now it's WWII, WWI, and various president biographies. other times i just browse the children non-fiction shelves for him and surprise him.

but i love the lack of commitment that a library affords! and it's so great as a trial run for books too. i think kids are so much more likely to be uber-excited about a "new" book that they've already read a hundred times as a library book--that now they can keep forever! it's already familiar and loved and you're the greatest mom ever and how did you know?

in conclusion. we love the library. :)


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