These days it seems like most of the books in rotation are full of illustrations and about 25 pages long thanks to my two sweet kids who jump at the chance to visit the library. I have fond memories of hours spent in our public library in Northern California. My mom would take us there and we'd sit in the reading pit and work through most things by Maurice Sendak, James Marshall, or Jan & Stan Berenstain before visiting the real live, caged bears across the creek at the park. It was always an exciting trip. One of the books I remember being so intrigued by was Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. They were so odd and a bit less restricted than a lot of the other stories and poems I'd been exposed to which made quite an impression. I recently found a copy at a thrift store to add to our own library at home and have enjoyed rereading passages and recognizing the illustrations to poems I loved the most.
The majority of our books have come from thrift stores - they seem to hold so many classics. I generally look for familiar books or those that have great illustrations or have won an award. I love watching my kids enjoy a book I loved at their age and it honestly makes it so much more enjoyable when it's the ninth or tenth read through in a few days! My own reading list includes a new memoir from Anne Lamott, Some Assembly Required, as well as a host of new parenting books such as Playful Learning by Mariah Bruehl, and 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do) by Gever Tulley and Julie Spiegler. I'm also on the lookout for a guilty pleasure summer read before the summer ends! What do you suggest?
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