We’re never able to stay away from the library long. Thankfully my kids crave new, delightful stories just as much as I do. We’ve been to our local library grabbing new books every week. I shared this on Instagram, but sometimes I forget to read. It falls off my priority list, or I finish an amazing book and believe no other book could live up to it. Sometimes I just get too busy with stuff that doesn’t fill me up. But books have been a love of mine since my earliest days, so I always come back. I feel so much better when I’m caught up in a story.
With that love in mind, I always want to share good books with you. Life’s too short to spend it on mediocre books, even for kids! Here are the good ones we’ve pulled from the library stacks lately.
Harry the Dirty Dog, by Gene Zion (a dog who runs away from baths)
The Polar Bear’s Underwear, by Tupera Tupera (a funny search for undies)
Lion Lessons, by Jon Agee (the seven step-method finished with a wise lesson)
Seven Little Mice Go to School, by Kazoo Iwamura (there’s power when you’re together)
Where’s Walrus? and Penguin?, by Stephen Savage (no words, with a twist at the end)
What to Do with a Box, by Jane Yolen (jumpstart some creativity in the winter)
Ox-Cart Man, by Donald Hall (I LOVED this book as a child and now as an adult.)
Sleeping Bobby, by Mary Pope Osborne (a decent fairy tale twist, with a princess hero)
The Runaway Dinner, by Allan Ahlberg (the high speed chase of…your dinner)
The Steadfast Tin Soldier, by Cynthia Rylant (a beautifully illustrated classic tale of love + bravery)
The Knight and the Dragon, by Tomie dePaola (We’ve checked this one out multiple times. Don’t miss the ending)
The Tomten and the Fox, by Astrid Lindgren (a quiet, wintery Swedish folk tale)
Like I said, I didn’t read as much during December, but I have a nice stack of books to cheer me up during January. I did manage to finish these two books though…
Present Over Perfect, by Shauna Niequist (so good I’m purchasing my own copy to reread)
Still Life with Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen (She can craft characters that feel real)
And of course, you can find all my picks over the years in the library section of my blog.