I started Kiddos and Books as a gift to the community, a way to bring parents and kids together through a shared love of reading. This morning, it was wonderful to see this community spirit returned in something as simple as setting the room up for story time.
Usually, I’ll arrive 15 minutes early to rearrange heavy coffee shop tables and chairs so that the kids have a better view of the books. But this morning, the family and I were running late.
We were literally running through the snow, trying not to wipe out on the ice because we left the house 20 minutes later than usual.
Imagine my surprise when I saw the room already set, parents patiently entertaining kids and welcoming newcomers as we coasted in at 9:29.
I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful, supportive community.
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
A moving tale of friendship. A boy finds a penguin on his doorstep (how cool!) and, being the responsible lad he is, takes the penguin back to the South Pole. But, what if that’s not what the penguin really needs…
Not A Box by Antoinette Portis
Yes, Rabbit, that does look like a box next to you. Yet you insist that it isn’t. This is a wonderful book to show kids what they can do with all of those Amazon Prime boxes.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.
Those crazy alphabet letters. What did they think was going to happen if all of them climbed up the coconut tree? This book is such a classic, you can see kids mouthing the words as you read it aloud.
Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox
A book from the land down under with a very observant hen and some pretty clueless farm animals. Great repetitive story with a surprise ending.
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
Wordless books are wonderful for engaging kids. Ask them what they think is happening in the story. Quite often, their answers will surprise you.
We had the usual suspects…and a dinosaur (very popular with the toddler set) and a kangaroo!
The Wheels on the Bus
I feel like the “Change on the bus” line should be changed to “The Venta Card on the bus goes FAIL FAIL FAIL”