I’m bringing the library back. Well for some of you it probably never left but I hadn’t stepped foot into a library since Year 12, when I used to go their to study for exams and flirt with my now husband. Memories.
Many people assume that because I’m a teacher I’m also a reader. I am far from it. I think I’ve read one fiction book for enjoyment and it took me too long to finish than I’d rather admit. I didn’t even read Harry Potter - shock horror. I’m more of a wait for the movie type of gal. I’ll happily pick up a non-fiction book on topics that interest me and read it front to back within a day or two. Gut health, the microbiome, women’s health and parenting seem to be the topics of choice of late. I’ve read more in the last 6 months than I ever have. Fiction though, well high school truly sucked the life out of books for me. Children’s books on the other hand, I’m obsessed. It’s the beautiful illustrations, the messages and morals that are hidden between the pages. There is something magical about children’s literature.
I have a beautiful growing collection of books and Hunter has had more books read to him than I can count. Side note: I am counting because we entered him in the 1000 books for before school challenge. 234 books to date. Not competitive at all, but we’ll smash it out of the park. The library has become a regular activity. We borrow 5-10 books at a time and read them religiously for the next few weeks and then repeat. I want him to grow up with a love of books. All books. They are the perfect escape, the best adventure and spark excitement and joy. They also keep children quiet in waiting rooms, occupied on planes and long car rides, and work as the perfect non-food bribe. He better like books because I have it all planned out.
This is what we borrowed last week:
- Trains Don’t Sleep by Andria Rosenbaum
- Demolition by Sally Sutton
- Grandpa is Great by Laine Mitchell and Alison Edgson
- There is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith
- Eustace and Clyde by Marina Aixen
- The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo
- The Fabulous Friend Machine by Nick Bland
All 7 books were great and for different reasons. Trains Don’t Sleep, Demolition and Grandpa is Great were all filled with poetry techniques. Rhyme, repetition, alliteration and onomatopoeia. All excellent ways to get little kids and babies engaged in story time. Anything with trains or diggers is a hit for us as well at the moment. We haven’t specifically pushed the typical boy toys but we live right near the station and have a lot of building going on around us so he sees trains and diggers nearly everyday. He is obsessed with them. There is a Tribe of Kids has the most beautiful illustrations teaches us about groups of animals and objects. Eustace and Clyde is about two Koalas that learn that as long as family is around they are happy. Also their names are Eustace and Clyde...it’s already a winner. The Colour Thief has a gorgeous message of realising our mistakes, fixing them, forgiving each other and sharing...could it get any better.
The Fabulous Friend Machine deserves its own paragraph written about it. It’s about a little chicken on a farm. She is very friendly and always speaks to all the animals. Oneday though she finds a machine. It looks surprisingly like an iPad. She becomes obsessed with her new machine making new friends all the time on it. She ignores all of her old friends as her head is buried in the machine. The little chicken invites her new friends over and they turn out to be wolves who want to eat her. Luckily her old friends save her. Basically little chicken was catfished by a pack of wolves - you don’t need to be teacher to understand this one. There are a few adults that need to read this one I think, me included. It reminded me to put my phone down more. Take a photo of the food and then put it away. We have to be realistic here. Especially when I’m at family and friends places though, I don’t need to check it. It needs to stay in my bag. In terms of the catfishing aspect, I loved the way it portrayed how you have no idea who you’re really talking to online in a kid friendly way. Let’s hope our kids don’t have to learn this lesson the hard way.
Well, first trip to the library done and dusted for 2018. I wonder what we will borrrow next.