Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday Children's Picks of the Week

Today was story time and it was also definitely time to refresh our reading options with some new picks. Interestingly enough this week's picks included some old favorites, a couple I've mentioned before and another I thought I had, but haven't.

Itty Bitty by CeCe Bell and Jump! by Scott M. Fischer were two I've mentioned. My daughter loved these two books and upon seeing them today she insisted and begged that we bring them home to read again. I actually really enjoyed Itty Bitty and had hoped there might be more stories about this little tiny dog, but there isn't. At least not yet! CeCe Bell, if you're out there and you see this -- please write more Itty Bitty stories!

Another repeat, though not to this blog is Little Ballet Star by Adele Geras. Lately my daughter's favorite reads have been anything ballet related. She's even told us her name is "Tilla" a variation on the name Tilly, which is the little girl's name in Little Ballet Star. Other favorite ballet reads have been the Ella Bella Ballerina books (Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella and Ella Bella Ballerina and The Sleeping Beauty by James Mayhew). To be honest, even though I enjoyed that series I was glad to move on to something a little less wordy-heavy like Little Ballet Star. Reading aloud a wordy-heavy book isn't so bad... until you have to read it every day for a week or two. I'm currently looking for other ballet books that will free me from repetitive readings of Little Ballet Star. It's a cute book, but almost time for something different.

I'm sure I will have found something by next week. Oh and for the curious out there, this ballet phase is not necessarily permanent, though I don't suppose I'd mind if it was. My daughter's interests are quite wide. In addition to the ballet books she's expressed a desire to read about trucks -- semis, construction trucks, farm trucks, etc. Currently we have two truck books borrowed from the library. This follows the Fancy Nancy phase (we've now read all the available Fancy Nancy books multiple times) and also the Poppleton phase.

Which reminds me, I don't believe I've mentioned Poppleton before which is a shame as the books are great! A series of eight "I-Can-Read" books the Poppleton books by Cynthia Rylant are stories about a pig named Poppleton and the adventures he has with his friends. The stories are short, fun, and the pictures very cute. If you haven't read the Poppleton books be sure to check them out.


Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

I'll have to check out Poppleton for my reader!

Unknown said...

I remind myself of Poppleton every time we are browsing the library. They were a hit with my daughter, and I need to introduce them to my son, but haven't yet!

morninglight mama said...

Oh, Little Ballet Star has been checked out of our library by my daughter countless times! I, too, wonder if the ballet interest is just a phase, but since she's only 4, I'm not holding my breath. :)

Nancy said...

We have a Poppleton book, my kids love it!

Carrie said...

I haven't heard of Poppleton. Hmm hmm hmm! Feeling the need to rectify the situation if you like it!

We read Itty Bitty but I cannot for the life of me remember the storyline. Oh well! Huh.

C said...

Have you been through the Angelina Ballerina books? I haven't read them myself yet, but I know a friend's almost 4-yr-old daughter loves them.