You know I love sharing my library finds with you, dear friends. Here is a sampling of the many, many books we’ve been reading over the summer….
The Baby Tree, by Sophie Blackall. I really liked how this book explains reproduction in a clear and age-appropriate way to kids. Definitely read this one with your child.
Goodnight from London, by Jennifer Robson. After Robson wrote a trio of books about WWI, she released this equally well-written story about an American journalist covering WWII in London. It’s like meeting up with long-lost friends when characters from the first series pop up in the story line, but Ruby’s saga throughout the London Blitz was a good read in its own right.
Chasing Slow, by Erin Loechner. This book reads like a deep exhale of letting go of the rat race that women so often find themselves caught up in. I love Erin’s prose and her way of thoughtful, simplified living, even when her bent is toward production and perfection. It was relatable and refreshing.
A Day at the Zoo (Time Goes By), by Sarah Harrison. My kids love studying the changing story on each page of these books. There are loads of details woven throughout the pages. Perfect for car rides or quiet time.
Little Fox in the Forest, by Stephanie Graegin. A wordless story with a moral of sharing and imaginative illustrations.
The Brownstone, by Paula Scher. Problem-solving in an apartment building to keep all the tenants happy and safe.
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, by Mo Willems. We’ve probably checked this one out at least 5 times from the library over the years. It’s brilliant.
BOB books, Set 4 Complex Words, by Bobby Lynn Maslen. When I noticed Evie was beginning to pick out words in the children’s books we were reading, I credit BOB books with giving her the jump start to actually reading on her own. These small hand held short stories are a great investment when your child is ready to learn to read. We also really like the pint-sized Ant and Bee books.
Can I Eat That? by Joshua David Stein. A very witty must-read. My kids were laughing out loud and you could see the wheels in their heads spinning over some of the more subtle food jokes.
Moonlight over Paris, by Jennifer Robson. The third book in a WWI series written by the daughter of a historian, I’ve been sailing through these books that highlight the lives of women during the Great War. If you liked Code Name Verity, try these.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan. While the plot kept us reading, the story was just so-so, especially given the hype of “Best Book of the Year” by NPR. It was intriguing, but everything got wrapped up almost too neatly by the end.
What have you been reading lately, friends?