Friday, January 29, 2016

So Many Yummy New Books!

Between a trip to the library and a package of books arriving in the mail, yesterday was a banner day for books in our home! 

Honestly there are rather too many for me to list individually, but I'll promise to let you know about the stand out ones for us. 

I actually made this particular library visit today sans children, and it's always so much fun to watch them rifling through the tote bags of new books, and trying to decide which ones they should read first. 

Actually, one of the books that all three children agreed on reading this evening was Let's Be Enemies, by Janice May Udry, Pictures by Maurice Sendak (bottom right in the picture above), because it was so small. What a delightful book it was too! (A great book if you happen to have children who bicker among themselves).

This entire stash, apart from the two Homer Price by Robert McCloskey chapter books, will probably comprise our read-aloud bedtime books for the next week or so, that daily ritual closing out most of our evenings; children tucked in around me, cozy in their PJs and blankies, while I read aloud. (We tend to save our chapter book reading for our homeschool Morning Time, when it is easier for me to read "Just one more chapter, pleeeeeease mama!"

This last picture has the books that arrived in the mail; my eldest son, seven year old Little Guy, is fascinated with birds, animals, and all things engineering, like maps, mechanics and all things of a scientific bent. These three books looked to fit my needs for good quality, non-fiction 'living books'. We'll see ... I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A Nest for Celeste ~ A Fantastic Chapter Book Recommendation

Oh my goodness! This chapter book is just beautiful!

Called A Nest for Celeste, by Henry Cole, I don't think I have ever seen a chapter books like this one; there are wonderful full page illustrations throughout the book, often with the text woven in to illustrations.

The book is a perfect chapter book for seven to eleven year olds, and imagines the story of John James Audubon's (yes! - that Audubon!) working on Birds of America in Louisiana in the 1820s, through the eyes of a mouse, named Celeste.

Beautifully told, with rich language, fantastic illustrations, this is a modern classic and a wonderful addition to your home library.

And, a couple of other things!

I am enjoying spreading Lovely Books over a few social media places.
Find me on Periscope (@tygerbrite), Instagram and Facebook. Because its fun to see photos and hear all about the lovely stacks of books, isn't it?!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What We've Been Reading, 26th January 2016

A short and sweet post (and my inaugural on this new blog venture! I am so excited!!)

We have been enjoying reading a poem aloud from Robert Lewis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses each morning, and just read the last poem this morning as part of our Morning Time.

Although we have read plenty of poetry over the past years, this was the first time we read a single collection of poetry from cover to cover, and over the course of a couple of months. But all three of my children LOVED it. "Don't start the poetry reading without me!" was a common request from any stragglers in the crowd!

The illustrations, by Tasha Tudor, are beautiful. A little old fashioned, which perfectly fits the poems I think, and very easy for children to relate to.

The cherry on the cake for me though? We read our last poem this morning, and as we talked about our favorite pieces, The Little Guy, aged seven, suggested we just start again at the beginning tomorrow morning. Of course we can Little Guy, of course!