Typically, I am at the library with both kids, trying to keep my eyes on them and grabbing a few books along the way that hopefully we like. This method has resulted in more than a few duds, including a couple that taught pretty horrible lessons. So, I prefer to make my list online, requesting books that I know are winners, and then grabbing them from the Holds shelf at our local branch. It’s amazing, and it works really well.
But recently, I was able to run to the library alone, withsome time to browse the kids’ section. I ended up finding some great books, making March’s quirky weather much more palatable. Here’s what I pulled from the library shelf, lately.
Yes Please // Amy Poehler’s memoir is equal parts humor and depth. I loved reading her take on womanhood and about her progress through the comedic ranks. The book uses a lot of photographs and graphics which made the book even more fun to read. Also, I’ve been re-watching SNL clips, like Debbie Downer, after reading her take on them. And she shared a mantra that I have been repeating in my head ever since. Sooooo freeing.
Fangirl: A Novel // I had read mixed reviews about this Rainbow Rowell novel, so it took me awhile to pick it up. For some reason I thought it was about a fan of a pop star?? But I couldn’t have been more off base. It is a novel of a college freshmen who is still caught up in a book series’ magical world, not unlike Harry Potter. The nerd in me related with Cath’s rocky start in college + dorm life. If you liked Harry Potter and Rainbow Rowell books, I highly recommend this book. I loved it.
Fairest: Levana’s Story // The Lunar Chronicles, which I mentioned before in this post, is a series of four books interweaving the stories of four fairy tale princesses in a futuristic sci-fi world. I’ve found the first three books to be readable, entertaining and well-composed. The fourth book is set to release this November. Fairest is a short novel giving the backstory of the villain, Levana. If you’ve read the first three books, you’ll find some questions answered and a few clues about the fourth book. It wasn’t a fantastic book, but it was a good hold-over until November.
For Evie + Tommy:
Night Knight // Great illustrations and a cute bedtime story of a little guy pretending to be a knight through his bedtime routine.
And Away We Go! // The dark background and vibrant colors are distinctive in this adventurous tale of a group of friends.
Tap the Magic Tree // Evie is loving this book, even more than the last time we checked it out. (She just turned 3.) It is especially good timing as the trees in our yard are just starting to get buds and the birds are chirping outside.
Anna Karenina: A BabyLit® Fashion Primer // We own a couple of BabyLit books, and Evelyn loved learning the vocabulary in this edition. Words like, parasol and cloak and barrette.
Telephone // I wasn’t sure if Evie would get the humor in this story of a line of birds sitting on a telephone wire passing a message, BUT she totally did and thought it was hilarious. Again, great illustrations too. Two thumbs up!
Itty Bitty // The last two books on my list were smaller in size, and my kids seemed to both gravitate to the slightly smaller hardback books. We have read this book at least a dozen times, the tale of an itty bitty dog making his house a home.
The Very Big Carrot // A set of bunnies stumble on a huge carrot and dream up how they could use it, before eventually gobbling the whole thing up. Great for kids with active imaginations.
What books have you been reading, friends?