Thursday, April 25, 2013

I Spy with My Little Eye...

Mia loves picture books with little hidden details/objects in them. We just discovered Guido Van Genechten's "Odd One Out" series of playful look-and-find books. The books are designed to entertain preschoolers while developing language skills. The books use illustrations with some animals that look or act different than the others, or "odd ones out", to teach early learning concepts like positions and opposites.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight: Marc Boutavant 

One of my favorite author/illustrators is Marc Boutavant. Currently, we have three of his books checked out from the library, and all the others (that the library owns) on hold for us. :) 

His illustrations have a whimsical, retro feel to them that I love. 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Childhood Favorites

I love sharing books that I loved as a child with my own child. A recent example are the Little Miss and Mr. Men books. I liked these when i was much older than Mia (she's only 3, while I remember liking them when I was old enough to read them myself), but she loves them! We've been checking out  bunches each time we visit the library...and I think we will need to buy the whole set. 

They're such silly little "fluff" books...they don't have the greatest plots OR illustrations, but Mia likes them and so did I (and my younger well as other adults who also grew up in the 1980's) that's all that matters. 

It's so important for reading to be FUN for kids. Parents shouldn't force them to read what they want or think are better books all of the time. 

What are some of your childhood favorites?