Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Two Fantastic Picture Books

You may have read these picture books before, as they aren't particularly new, but they have been a source of hilarity at our house over the last couple of weeks.

First of all, you should know that my son is a reluctant reader, especially when it comes to reading out loud. This is something that has come up in parent/teacher conferences the last couple of years, but he's been doing better recently.

Anyhow, he loves reading these two picture books out loud with me. He doesn't get all of the words right, and there is a lot of giggling involved, but if it makes reading out loud more fun for him, I don't care. In fact, with Jon Klassen's I WANT MY HAT BACK, sometimes the kids substitute "hairy toe" for "hat." This one also makes an excellent easy reader for little ones who are learning to read. It's right around the same difficulty level as Mo Willem's ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE books. My five-year-old daughter can read it. With my son, I read the bear's part, and he reads all of the other animal parts.

With ONCE UPON A COOL MOTORCYCLE DUDE, by Kevin O'Malley, there's a girl narrator and a boy narrator. So I read the girl's lines (the princess story), and he reads the boy's (the cool motorcycle dude story). It's a lot of fun. If I weren't worried about infringing on copyright laws, I'd post a vlog of us reading together.

Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude

Whether you read to your children or with your children, I highly recommend both of these books. :o)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Happy Birthday, Lenny Lee!

Today is Lenny Lee's 13th birthday. And while some of you might not know who Lenny is, I'm confident those who do would agree that he is most positive, most friendly blogger they know. I always picture his sunny avatar when I think of him.

Instead of commenting on this post, I would love for you to click on his name and comment on his blog instead. If you know him, you could comment on something you admire about him. If you don't know him, he'd still love the birthday wishes. Thanks so much! :o)

Happy Birthday, Lenny! Thank you for providing inspiration and encouragement to many!

Monday, October 1, 2012


For those of you who still haven't acquired a copy of THE SEVEN TALES OF TRINKET, by Shelley Moore Thomas, Joanne Fritz has another review and giveaway up on her blog. It's a remarkable book, and I enjoy Joanne's reviews.

The Seven Tales of Trinket

Also, Shannon Messenger's KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES releases this week, and if you order through her indie bookstore of choice by October 5th, she'll not only sign your book but throw in drawings of her characters and a recipe. I ordered mine this morning. Go here for more information.

If you're into awesome MG, you don't want to miss either of these titles.

Happy Monday! ;o)