Thursday, September 20, 2012

Literate & Stylish: Rachel of Smile and Wave

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The premise of Literate & Stylish is simple, and the post is short but sweet- every Thursday I'll be showcasing a lovely lady and her favorite book. She'll share a few pretty photos showing off her personal style, along with her book of choice, and tell us why she loves it. 


from Rachel of Smile and Wave

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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13 comments:

  1. Aaaah, where the sidewalk ends!!!! I so LOVE that book :) There are so many wonderful poems in there. I remember my mom calling us sara cynthia sylvia stout when we refused to clean our rooms.... and lets not forget my all time favorite, "Listen to the mustn'ts" I so love it. :)

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  2. I just scored a beautiful old copy of "Where the Sidewalk Ends" at a yard sale this weekend and was doing flips! It was one of about 30 amazing children's books I was able to find, and I blogged about the books yesterday. Love them so!

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  3. Aw I love Shel. And Maurice! Such good picks.

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  4. LOVE where the sidewalk ends!

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  5. I love Rachel's kid picks! I have fond memories of them all from my childhood and time at the library.

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  6. What you read as a child seems to stick with you in a way few other things do,. So glad you shared!

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  7. I still love Where The Sidewalk Ends, it has a lovely home on my bookshelves tucked in with my other childhood favorites.

    I read Anne's book Bird by Bird years ago and fell in love with her writing style. I'll have to check out her new memoir. Thanks!

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  8. I remember reading Where the Sidewalk Ends in 4th grade!! Ah, memories!
    ~Sara

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  9. What a cute idea! Some of my favorites :)

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  10. Shel Silverstein has always been my absolute favorite!! I love that my three-year-old is finding the same love!

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  11. Love this post! I don't have children but I work at an elementary school library, so these are all books I'm familiar with, and honestly most of my favorite books are children's' books! George and Martha are the best! I love being able to pick out a book to read to my classes; they're always excited to hear the story for the week, and it's awesome to have a small part in getting kids interested in reading.

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