A blog about being a teacher, reader, and mother. All about sharing books with children, teaching children to read, and teaching children to love books. Dedicated to children's books, and MG & YA fiction.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Today I took Lil Guy to the bookstore for story time. It was our first outing like this going to the bookstore for a story time and this was a special story time with a guest from a story character, Biscuit. Lil Guy was super excited when the giant Biscuit character started walking toward the crowd. Lil Guy kept jumping up and waving at Biscuit and saying hello. I have to admit it was super cute. Everyone at the bookstore was super nice and most of the children were really excited to see Biscuit. My Lil Guy had 'read' his Biscuit book all the way to the store so he was already pumped and added his 'woof, woof' as the storyteller read the books.
Biscuit books by Alyssa Satin Capucilli are an adorable set of books that I have loved both in and out of the classroom. The earliest of readers love the predictability and sweet stories about this little pup. My own Lil Guy loves the 'woof, woof' part the best. I just think these books are perfect for read alouds and for Lil Ones who are just starting to explore books. Throughout the series, Biscuit visits school, a farm, and the doctor. He also makes friends and gets into a little mischief. If you haven't checked these out, check for them at your local library!
While at the bookstore today, I also finally checked out It's a Little Book by Lane Smith. I had read his original It's a Book and thought it was a hoot, so I was excited to read this one. I had read a few other blogs about the book so I already knew it was sweet and funny, and it didn't disappoint. The ape and donkey are cute as can be! Lil Guy crawled up on my lap so read the book and he knew it was a 'monkey' and was excited when I told him it was a donkey friend too. He was able to pick up on the pattern of the book answering, "No." after the first few pages. It's a perfect book for the under 3 crowd. I also really like the illustrations and think they would be cute for decorating a nursery.
Also at the bookstore we checked out the shelves. It's not surprising that Lil Guy always wants a book. What is always funny to me, is that he wants to buy books that we already own at home. I must have said ten times, "We already have that book at home." Finally, I convinced my Lil Guy to choose a new book for purchase. Our book shelves are getting a little full these days. (and by shelves I mean, bookshelves, toyboxes, baskets, piles, and hallway bookcases.) I have been contemplating pulling out some of the simpler books and packing them away. While sentimentally this has me feeling a little sad, I also know that these are the books that Lil Guy will soon be reading on his own. I guess that we will keep the book shelves stuffed a little while longer. We also, of course will continue to visit our local bookstores, libraries, and such.
What are your visits to the book store like? Do you browse? Are you the type who grabs a coffee and a magazine? Do you only visit the store when you found a book you need ASAP?