5 (More) Lucky Finds We Ended Up Loving

5 more lucky findsIt’s always a treat to find great library books on our own. I place requests for a fair number of books as they are recommended to me, but we also do plenty of grabbing whatever looks good. With 4 sets of hands pulling books off the shelves (and one of those sets is much faster than the rest) on most of our trips, we end up with quite a few books. Here are five picture books we’re reading right now that we all enjoy: Continue reading

Our Favorite Star Wars Book

character encyclopediaI grew up loving Star Wars, so I have complicated feelings about the current popularity of the franchise. On the one hand, I love how easy it is to find Star Wars books, t-shirts, and coloring books. On the other hand, I worry that it won’t be the same weird, secret club for my children that it was for me. It’s just so normal these days. That said, my children (and their gift-giving grandparents) have embraced Star Wars with open arms. Of all the toys and books we have floating around our house, only one has been the family favorite for years: Star Wars Character Encyclopedia. Continue reading

4 (More) Lucky Finds We Ended Up Loving

lucky findsI try to encourage my children to love reading. It’s important to me that they be comfortable in the library. I want them to have the freedom to pick books that interest them, not just the ones I’ve been wanting to read. These are all wonderful goals, but have you ever been to the library with a toddler?! I can only read Mermaid Barbie and Optimus Prime Fight Batman in Atlantis* so many times before I start trying to ditch it on the return cart without my kids noticing. It seems like every time I swear never to take the toddler back to the library with me, the Library Fates align and the random grabs turn out to be new family favorites. Here are four of our most recent lucky finds: Continue reading

Goldilocks and the Three Bears: 9 Retellings Worth Reading

9 Goldilocks RetellingsWhen I sat down to make a list of fairy tale retellings for our unit on fairy tales, Goldilocks and the Three Bears didn’t even make my original list. If I’m being perfectly honest, it’s not my favorite fairy tale. Goldilocks always struck me as a terror, I was confused by the fact that Mama and Papa bear had separate beds (but not, strangely enough, by the fact that they had beds in the first place), and the ending felt a bit flat. She runs away? That’s it?! If it hadn’t been for Mo Willems, I wouldn’t have given Goldilocks a chance. I really wanted to read Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs again, however, so I started looking for other decent options to read the same week. I ended up finding more great retellings than I ever imagined: Continue reading