Odds and Ends from the Library Bag

I shared recently my reason for being a little lacking on the blogging front, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been visiting the library or reading here at home!

The books I’m sharing with you today have no particular common theme, but are just some we’ve enjoyed recently and thought you might enjoy, too. Some of them are ones that have made a big splash in the children’s lit world, others I just think are worth reading.

In no particular order…

Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion by Mo Willems (HarperCollins, 2010)

Okay, well this is Mo Willems, who I will always recommend.  His most recent success comes from his Elephant and Piggie early reader books, but I will always have a special place in my heart for Knuffle Bunny.  And this one?  This one hit home.  Maybe it’s because I have a 2yo who has a special lovey of her own.  This stuffed toy is a MUST at bedtime, and while I cannot imagine her giving it up sometime soon, I know that one day she’ll outgrow this stage.  Knuffle Bunny Free packs a slight emotional punch for parents…but in a good way.  Ages 3-7.

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein (Candlewick Press, 2010)

This 2011 Caldecott Honor Book reminds me a little of Jon Sciezka’s The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.  While the (snippets) of fairy tales found within will be familiar, you’ll never read the whole fairytale as young Chicken just cannot help but insert her own thoughts.  If you’ve never read with a young child, this book will ring true.  Ages 4-8.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead (Roaring Brook Press, 2010)

I have to admit, that just looking at the cover, I probably would not have grabbed this year’s Caldecott Award winner off the shelf.  And yet somehow, as you read the short, simple, story, the classic pencil and woodblock illustrations seem the perfect complement.  I was even more surprised when The Toddler, who is usually attracted by bright and shiny objects and colors, brought this book to me to read.  And then brought it back again and again and again over the course of the next several days.  She loved pointing out each of the animals, loved watching them board a city bus, loved the simple, classic, illustrations.  I guess there’s something to be said for the timeless after all, huh?  Ages 4-8.

Silverlicious by Victoria Kann (HarperCollins, 2011)

Joining Pinkalicious (2006), Purplicious (2007), and Goldilicious (2009), this newest installment is just as much glitzy, glammy, girly fun.  But as always, there’s a message.  In Silverlicious, our young heroine discovers exactly where sweetness comes from.  Features cameo appearances by Cupid, the Easter Bunny, Elf #351, and Tootheetina the Tooth Fairy.  Ages 4-8.

Bedtime for Mommy by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by LeUyen Pham (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, 2010)

There’s a book, to be released next month, that has been circulating the literacy and social media circuit.  Due to the profane nature of the title, I’m not posting it on this blog, but if somehow you’ve missed it, you can find it (and the buzz surrounding it) here.  While there’s some truth and humor to the title and the story within, it’s not a book I would personally want on my shelves.  Fortunately, Amy Krouse Rosenthal has penned a G-rated version.  This one still expresses the universal truth of toddler bedtime, but does so in a fashion that both parent AND child can enjoy.  Ages 4-8.

What’s in your library bag this week?

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