Recently I went to the library to reminisce. Wow, I'm a good speller. I just spelled that right without thinking about it. Did I tell you I almost won a spelling bee this past Spring? Well, I did. I was second runner up to a 15 year old state champ.
Enough about my almost award winning spelling.
I was thinking about how my kids adore reading. They've read literally thousands of books by now and they're only 5 and 6 years old. Reading is an all day event for us. We sneak it into every spare second of our days. So when I went to the library, I pulled books to share with you all (or y'all as I used to say in Texas) that bring memories flooding back of a time when my kids couldn't get enough of a book. The ones they read over and over again until I begged them for something new.
Without further ado.
With Chalk, we named and renamed the children so that we could retell this story.
My husband, before he was my husband, heard me reading this story. I had been having a bad day. He showed up at the end of the day with a lobster roll and said, "I'm trying to turn this into A Good Day."
Again, my kids reference this book quite regularly in our days. "Don't muck about!"
My son wanted to read this so much, I felt like my eyes were burning. There is also a fantastic Scholastic movie that's read with a NJ accent.
There is so much about this book that helps kids inference, create storyline, retell, and laugh.
My children always started this book by saying, "which one do you like best?" I read it with much dramatic flair. "I want my Mommy!!"
Tacky the Penguin isn't what I would consider to be a reading favorite. Our library had the audio recording of it which is wildly funny. My kids quote this recording every other day.
I don't love rhyming books, but I think these two can do no wrong. We come back to them again and again.
My kids loved how I acted this classic out. Even now I can sit up straight and touch each of the hats on my head to see if they are there and my kids will say "and his own checked hat way at the top."
This book has helped my children, particularly my daughter, as she gets ready to embark on any independent adventure. I am grateful for a way to bring her comfort (and she to bring to me as well).
This is 11, I think. I had to throw it in because my kids adored this book. They loved how shocking it is when Ruthie lies and then how it tears her up inside.