Anna has been reading a lot on her own lately, and often I don’t have a lot of “visibility” into her favorites. So this week we played a game. I asked her to be a librarian and “recommend” some books to me. She was quite up for the challenge, so I will share her recommendations with you and add some of my notes too.
Anna: I recommend Diary of a Spider, because I read it so many times in my school. It’s about a spider and what he is doing on different days of a year. My favorite part is when his grandpa came back from a trip to Paris. I was happy that he came back.
I understand why Anna insisted that she needs to get Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin from the library. She clearly sensed a “double talk” in the text and pictures, but couldn’t “decipher” it without an adult. She asked very many questions on every page, especially on the page that talked about “strained relationships” between spiders and flies.
Anna: This book is about cats, and I like cats. I hope to own the cat one day. My favorite part is when the other cat found Jenny’s special scarf. I also like it because it is a chapter book.
This book by Esther Averill was recommended by Storied Cities. I only read the first 10 pages of the book to get Anna started, and she read the rest of the book on her own. I might still read it for myself when she is finally ready to release it from her bedside shelf of favorites.
Anna: I recommend this book because it’s about delivering mail and other packages. He went to different animals to deliver packages. My favorite part is when the egg started to crack and he could go home.
We read Penguin Post by Debi Gliori about 2 years ago, and I thought (correctly) that Anna would enjoy it even more now. It is a very lovely story about responsibility and being a big brother.
Anna: This is my very favorite! I adore this book! Please buy it for me and also the Animal Friends too. I love learning about our bodies and animals. I just love learning so much! Did you know that we have a small thingy in our throat that helps us talk? This book told me!
I stumbled upon A Child’s First Library of Learning by accident when I came to watch Anna swim one day. A book about plants was in a basket of used books, and I flipped through it marveling on how much information it conveyed in easy to digest format. It was almost like reading many “Let’s Read and Find Out” books at once. I got Animal Friends in the library, and Anna was immediately enchanted. In fact, she put up quite a fuss when I didn’t want to give it to her for her own reading right away and wanted to stretch it between several reading sessions. Now I am considering buying these books for our personal library, because they are amazing.