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Spring is just around the corner!

Frog and Toad Spring

Yesterday’s post Attention Snow Scrooges 2.0 may have led you believe that I’m not looking forward to spring, but I am! Spring is my favorite season and every year when the flowers start to poke through the soil, I think of Frog and Toad’s “The Corner”. I have always loved that story. I devoured Frog and Toad stories as a child and still think of them often (Anyone remember Frog and Toad struggling with willpower in “Cookies”?). Now that P is able to read them, he’s devouring them too. Tonight we’ll read “The Corner” together. Tomorrow we’ll start working on the garden, or as P likes to say, play in the dirt.

What are your favorite spring stories, activities, or traditions?

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Thanksgiving Reads

Bear Says Thanks

Our favorite Thanksgiving book this year is Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson. We’re also enjoying Turk and Runt by Lisa Wheeler, Turkey Bowl by Phil Bildner, and The Thanksgiving Door by Debby Atwell. Oh, and Paolo doesn’t want us to forget The Magic Tree House: Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne. My crafty favorite is Thanksgiving Origami by Ruth Owen. What are your favorite Thanksgiving books this year?

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Six Halloween Books for a Six-Year-Old

I’m sure next year I’ll be writing about Goosebumps or Scooby Doo chapter books, but this year my son is still letting me read picture books to him before bed. He’s hand-picked these six titles as his favorite Halloween books this year. He’s kind of excited to be the “expert” making reading recommendations for his favorite holiday. Let us know what you think and tell us what your Halloween favorites are.

1. Abiyoyo a storysong by Pete Seeger

This retelling of a South African tale about a boy, his dad, and a giant isn’t just for Halloween. Paolo would listen to it three or more times a night if I’d do it.

2. T Rex Trick or Treats by Lois Grambling

T Rex can’t decide what to dress up as for trick or treating because nothing is scary enough.

3. Runaway Mummy by Michael Rex

A funny parody of the the classic children’s book The Runaway Bunny. 

4. Where’s My Mummy? by Carolyn Crimi

A little mummy delays bedtime with one more game of Hide and seek with his Mummy. Paolo enjoys the rhymes, repetition, and of course, the creatures like Glop, Drac, and Bones.

5. I Dare You by Kathleen Keeler

Scary (tame) short stories to read in the dark with a flashlight.

6. Who Will Haunt My House on Halloween? by Jerry Pallotta

A little girl’s imagination carries her away as she waits to go trick or treating on Halloween. Though it’s a very tame book,  Paolo says he likes it because he, too, gets a little carried away while listening to the story, imagining the monsters, goblins and creatures.

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Last night Paolo and I turned off the lights in the living room, curled up on the couch, turned on the flashlight, and read “spooky” stories from I Dare You. I’m loving this year’s perfect Halloween season and soaking up every last spooky drop of it. Six may be the best year yet!

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Six Silly Books with a Six-Year-Old

Here are Paolo’s top six, silly picture books. There are other book lists out there, yes, but these six books come highly recommended and approved, by Paolo himself. Some were his favorites when he was younger and some are current favorites. What I like most about them as a parent is they are fun for me to read as well. I remember some painful (for me) bedtimes reading one of 32 truck books for the 57th time.

1. Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems

  • Funny stories about friendship and communication starring Elephant and Piggie

2. Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again by Dave Horowitz

  • A new, laugh-out-loud, telling of the old fairytale

3. Diary of a Spider and Diary of a Worm by Denis Cronin

  • This clever little book depicts what life might be like for a young worm

4. I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

  • A deceptively simple story about a bear looking for his missing hat with a surprise ending

5. I’d Really Like to Eat a Child by Sylviane Donnio

  • Of course the title grabbed Paolo’s interest right away. The humorous story about eating nutritious food that follows didn’t disappoint

6. E-mergency! by Tom Lichtenheld

  • This is super punny! Do not skip the illustrations on the inside front and back covers. We giggled our way right through them.

Should I be surprised he’s starting to drift towards the Captain Underpants-type books? Nope. The kid sure has a sense of humor!

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