A couple of months ago, we started making a weekly trip to one of our local libraries – mostly because this library in particular had a train table in the kid’s section that Monster enjoys playing with. This weekly trip has become a staple in our schedule. Every week on the appointed day, we gather any material that needs to be returned in the “library bag” then head out after dinner. As is standard with Monster, he seems to have lost interest with the train table – our last few visits he’s only given it a cursory glance played with it a few minutes, then he’s off. He loves picking out a few new books to read every week. What he enjoys even more though is doing the weekly “walk-in” craft and chatting up the librarians.
Thankfully, the librarians don’t seem to mind our little chatterbox. One of the librarians has even told us on multiple occasions that it’s a “joy to see us every week”, so I guess that officially makes us regulars. I think she’s just a very kind soul though because she told us that again this week not 10 minutes after Monster made quite the ruckus while playing/choosing books in the children’s section.
These weekly trips have also got P and I reading more too (since we’re already there we might as well check out some books for us too, right?). I’ve finally come to grips with the fact that I need to stop checking out books every week because the majority of the books I’m interested in I can’t get through in a week. After several weeks and multiple renewals I’ve finally finished “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” and just got an e-mail that “Orthodoxy” is ready for me to pick-up. Of course this heavier reading is liberally peppered with quick, fun reads as well. I’ve never been one to just be reading one book at a time.
For Monster, we’ve been reading a lot of books staring animals lately. His current favorites are the “Scaredy Squirrel” series. He’s been loving them and they’ve really added another dimension to Monster’s pretend play, which has been growing by leaps and bounds lately as it is. Seriously though, he loves these books! Each one contains a list of things Scaredy is afraid of, after a couple of readings Monster has the lists memorized and HAS to “read” the list himself – it’s hysterical and precious all rolled together.
What have you been reading lately? Any recommendation to add to my growing pile of books? Or any recommendations for a 2.5 year old boy?