September was a lovely month for us, full of birthday celebrating, trips to the beach and aquarium, and even an early visit to a local pumpkin patch. Clearly, not a lot of blogging was happening. We were reading all the while, of course.
Extra Yarn. Is it wrong that I coerced by little baby into loving this book? I took one look and decided that he HAD to like it. Illustrated by Jon Klassen, the clever genius behind I Want My Hat Back, it is a great little story about a magically voluminous box of yarn that transforms a little town, all at the hands of a young knitter named Annabelle. Didn't that one brief descriptive sentence make you want to read it immediately? I thought so. For the record, A does actually love it.
Who Took the Farmer's Hat? We have a farm obsession going on in our house. Farm animal puzzles, farm animal magnets, fancy farm animal noise-making toys. All of this has resulted in baby A's incredible proficiency at imitating the sounds of the biggies (cow, horse, sheep, pig, etc.) Another farm animal book, especially one as old-fashioned and adorable as this one, can't hurt!
The Three Little Pigs. Yet again, a Paul Galdone classic haunted our little house for the ENTIRE month of September. I cannot tell you how completely attached A becomes to virtually all of these extremely traditional fairy tales. I checked out a cute James Marshall riff on The Three Bears this week and we barely made it through four pages before he shoved it off my lap.
Diary of a Worm. Another book that I really thought might be beyond A's interest, Diary of a Worm has become a fast favorite. Doreen Cronin's books are always funny, but these Diary editions (Worm, Spider, and Fly) are especially enjoyable because of the detailed, yet not too busy illustrations. So far, I haven't won A over to the other books, but I'll happily continue reading this one. My favorite page, by far, is when the worm tells his vain sister that no matter how much she looks in the mirror, her face will always look like her rear end. Ha! We moms and dads need a bit of humor to get through nine million readings of the same book!
P.S. A has now taken to grabbing the stuffed Knuffle Bunny at our local bookstore and hugging it. Too bad the $25.00 price tag will prevent him from adding it too his collection.
Coming up in October: holiday books edition!