Friday, 3 October 2008

Books, books, books!

I thought I would share with you a couple of book-related links that I found interesting over the last few days.
One is from Cay Gibson (the creator of Author Fiesta) on her Cajun Cottage Under the Oaks blog. Her post is called Autumn Treasures and Pumpkin Recipes and highlights a few fall theme picture books that include recipes. I have put on hold most of these titles at our local library and we are looking forward to reading them and trying new recipes.

The second link I want to share with you is a blog created by a mother and bookseller. Children's Books: What, When & How to Read Them reviews children's books. You can search book titles by alphabetical order. I also like how she includes the number of pages and reading level of each book. The last review I read from this blog was for The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and I appreciate how she included suggestions for extra reading on Greek mythology. This is one book that Dragon has asked me to read aloud to him and I am looking forward to it. We have a list of read aloud books that just keeps growing! We are almost finished the City of Ember, and I imagined that the children will want to continue with the People of Sparks, the second title in the Books of Ember series. Dragon has also requested that I read Kringle next. So many books, so little time!

One last link brings you to Jim Trelease's website. I have read (a few times!) his Read-Aloud Handbook and would highly recommend it. On his website you can read parts of his book, including parts of his treasury of read-alouds. His book explains why it is important to read aloud to your children, no matter what age they are, from infants to teenagers and how to do it. He even has a chapter on the do's and don'ts of read aloud, which you can see some of it on the website here.


  1. Hello - Thanks so much for mentioning and linking to it! I am so glad you found it and appreciate it. I will definitely check back on your blog to see if you like what you've been reading out loud. "City of Ember" is one of my favorites (read it in one sitting kind of book) and I am begging as many kids and adults as I can to read it before seeing the movie because it has such a great surprise ending. Please let me know what you think of "39 Clues." It sounds like a great idea but seems a bit too marketed to be as good as one would hope...



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