Wednesday, May 30, 2012

On my desk

Recently I joined a book club, thinking it would be good motivation to start reading books for an adult audience again. Sadly, I haven't finished one! My reading time is so limited now that I'm a mother, there is only room for the books at the top of my list. That is, children's books.

Here are a few I've had on my desk lately. Since I've been writing in a new genre (chapter books), I've been trying to read up on some new ones, as well as review old classics. Most recently Winnie-the-Pooh has been on my nightstand. I had forgotten how utterly hilarious those books are, what genius. I can't wait to read them to Tilly when she's older!


Even in Australia said...

My 4yo loves Owl at Home and my 7yo is enjoying Ivy and Bean. I wasn't a fan of Mercy Watson, though.

Anonymous said...

As a mother and teacher, nothing makes me happier than kids reading to me! My middle daughter is making the jump from easy readers to junior chapter books. I love hearing her read "Owl at Home" to her little sister.

Anna Alter said...

I'm so happy Owl at Home is still a favorite! This copy was mine when I was growing up; I just love the simplicity of the stories.

I am a big Kate DiCamillo fan, but yes Mercy Watson is not my favorite either. Something doesn't ring true to me. Love the Ivy and Bean books though.

Elaine Magliaro said...


My reading time and my blogging time have both been limited since I started taking care of my granddaughter three days a week. Still, I wouldn't change it for the world. It is so wonderful to be able to watch her change and grow. I do spend quite a lot of time reading board books to Julia.

Libby Koponen said...

OWL AT HOME was a big favorite of Jake's -- we read it pver and over last summer. I loved it too: so simple and so good.

WIND IN THE WILLOWS I wouldn't call simple (a RISD professor I had once described the characters as eccentric English bachelors, which I think is spot on) but I love it.

Thanks for reminding us of these all these -- and fun to see Alissa's cover, too!

Anna Alter said...

Elaine- We're having lots of fun reading board books to Tilly too, it's so different than the way I read them before having a baby.

Yes WITW is by no means simple. It's so nuanced and subtle, it's hard to believe it is a children's book at all (compared to modern day books that is).