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Spring Reading (so much better than cleaning!)

April 17, 2015

I am the official bedtime storyteller in our casa so mixing it up is key for my sanity and creativity levels. Here’s a round-up of what we are reading together and I what I am diving into once the coast is clear.

For The Boy

Waiting is Not Easy, Mo Willems

I am totally in love with Elephant and Piggie and definitely think they are helping teach Alexander to read and recognize words.  Others not to miss are I Broke My Trunk! and There’s A Bird on Your Head!

How To Train A Train, Jason Carter Eaton

Alexander is a massive train-lover and he adores this cheeky take on having a train for a pet. It’s great for boys and girls and introduces humor in a light and easy way.

Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends in Winter, Megan McDonald

This is a super sweet tale of two unlikely friends trying to get ready for winter. Alexander loved the chapters (very big boy) and found the writing witty. It is part of the Candlewick Sparks Collection of early reader chapter books and I have been snapping them up wherever I see them. Note: Houndsley and Catina are also big winners in our house and he falls asleep to them regularly, which I adore.

Don’t Press The Button

Written by an ex-preschool teacher, Don’t Push the Button is reverse psychology at it’s finest and definitely a crowd pleaser. Do start rather than finish with this one as kids can get a little hyped reading it with it being so silly and all. And give yourself plenty of time once you do as they tend to want you to read it again, and again and again, and you know what I mean.

The Book With No Pictures

B.J. Novak, from hit TV series The Office, turns his comedic flair to children’s books with this hilarious number that has adults having to read aloud whatever is on the page. This results in fits of giggles so again, better to start than to finish with.

What Do You Do With An Idea

I stumbled upon this book and fell in love with the idea of the little boy’s idea growing into something magical and so does the boy. It’s a great reminder for all of us to keep dreaming and sharing our big, bright, juicy ideas.

For Mama

Better Than Before

Gretchen Rubin’s books on Happiness were critical in my search for my own and I am eager to dig into her new release Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives where she explores how to harness the energy of our daily habits.

Slouching Before Bethlehem

I fear the sadness of Joan Didion’s books of late so have been drawn more to her early work like Slouching Before Bethlehem, which dissects California in the sixties an era I can’t get enough of. Plus it’s all essays, which means I am likely to get through one a night without falling asleep!

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