We read a lot of terrific books this week – more than 30 are currently checked out from the library, and Smarty keeps pulling half of her own books (I am talking dozens of books!) every time she has a “naptime” in her room. I judge her favorites from her comments and from the fact that they ended up in her bed after she felt asleep. Here they are:
You cannot go wrong in our house with a book that starts with a sentence Smarty loved books. Seriously, I think I am going to get The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza for our home book collection. It seems to be written about my daughter and its author Laura Numeroff is one of our favorites. The only difference is that my Smarty is not really shy and she doesn’t have such a good group of friends yet.
Speaking of making friends, How to Be a Friend recommended by One Little Room turned out to be a big hit. Smarty likes books that have comic-like dialogs, and this book is illustrated by another one of her favorite authors, Marc Brown. She didn’t know that at first, but she commented to me that one girl looks just like D.W. but with a tail. This is technically not a fiction book, but the helpful advice is presented in a very child-friendly way. I hope daughter starts acting on it too :)
It’s ironic that I lived in Brooklyn, NY for five years, went to Coney Island Beach many times in the summer, but have never heard of Mermaid Parade until Mom and Kiddo reviewed Mermaids on Parade in her Urban Books series. When I was reading it the first time Smarty kept asking if the narrator is going to win the prize – my girl definitely has a bit of type A personality and will go an extra mile if there is a hope of winning something in a contest. Luckily, the girl in the story won the prize, which immediately propelled the book to the top of Smarty’s favorites and earned it a spot in her bed.
Smarty chose The Philharmonic Gets Dressed as her reward book for completing her summer reading program in the library. I was amused to see that it was published almost 25 years ago – I wonder where it was all these years. I have a hunch that it wouldn’t be published today – it has fairly explicit illustrations of adults in various stages of getting dressed – starting with them taking a shower, then brushing and trimming, then putting on their underwear, etc. The vocabulary is very advanced, and the book is rather long. Nevertheless, Smarty was pleased with her “prize” and we ended up reading it many times this week.