It’s Friday. I’d say TGIF if this really were my Friday but, working from home doesn’t really give one a true Friday. Friday in our house, as you have probably read in the past if you’ve been following this infant blog, is story hour at the local public library. I honestly think I look forward to it as much as the Daughter because reading is one of my most favorite things and my heart is so happy when my daughter shows her own love for a well-told story.
The library story hour started off with two great stories.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
This story was great. The repetition and addition of new sights and sounds made the kids all enjoy it that much more. The little old lady does have some courage and in the end, the kids know that there is nothing to really be afraid of if we see it in a new light. I have to say though, the scary pumpkin head…not so scary looking. I personally thought it was kind of friendly looking.
We’re Going on a Ghost Hunt by Marcia Vaughan
“We’re going on a Ghost Hunt. We’re going on a Ghost Hunt. I’m not afraid! I’m not afraid!…” This is like that old song we played in Girl Scouts, except instead of the bear hunt/lion hunt, we were on the search for a ghost on Halloween night while we were trick-or-treating. I say we because after we read the story at story hour, the kids picked up some instruments and went on a ghost hunt, crashing cymbals, shaking maracas, and banging drums in the hopes of scaring the ghost out of the library. Instead, the candy ghost left them all a lollipop and they were quite thrilled with their find.
As for our picks for this week’s bedtime stories:
Three By the Sea by Mini Grey
We had borrowed this book a few months ago and it’s a sweet story of three friends who live in a house by the ocean. Once night a stranger washes ashore and tries to sell them something they don’t really need. As the three friends drift apart because of the promise of something better, they discover what they truly are looking for and what they truly need. A sweet story of friendship and the dangers of letting others influence your what you know in your heart to be true.
Cinder Hazel by Deborah Nourse Lattimore
A very cute new take on the classic Cinderella. Lots of little giggles through this sweet tale.
Monsters Eat Whiny Children by Bruce Eric Kaplan
I picked this up because I was thinking about how the Daughter would eventually start hitting that point in the day where Sassy Molassy takes over my usually sweet and loving child. Sassy Molassy is the Daughter’s alter ego and she does nothing but cry and whine. This book is my (most likely futile) attempt at trying to curtail the whiny Sassy Molassy. This is a very endearing tale though, about a monster who cannot decide how to cook the whiny children recently caught.
A Bedtime for Bear by Bonny Becker
A funny tale of two friends who decide to have a sleepover. The only problem, as many moms and dads are aware, is that both have very different bedtime rituals. Another fun read for just before bed – the Daughter really enjoyed it!
Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin
When the grouchy old man in the neighborhood notices that the birds he loves to watch and paint are fighting off a very clever family of squirrels (genius squirrels to be exact), he tries to stop them from stealing all the food. That is until the birds fly south for the winter and he finds himself lonely. Then the squirrels hatch a plan of their own. Even a grumpy old man can appreciate a grand act of kindness.
I like to share our reading selections each week because I know there are so many stories out there. Some are instant classics and others kind of quietly sit on a shelf just hoping that someone, sometime will just pick it up and read it. Those books need to get some credit too. Plus, I know I love getting good book recommendations, whether it’s a book for me or one to be shared.
Reading is so important and builds so many skills but most importantly, it allows kids to grow their imaginations. If you have a child and that child asks you to read to them, try to make every effort to put down what you’re doing and read that book to them. In the end, that is the memory that will stay with them.