We should never underestimate the importance of a well-chosen library book. Parents so often pick out a few that are on display (and frequently, at least at our library, the books on display are books that haven't been checked out in awhile, not books the librarians think are great) while the kids run around and grab whatever they see on the shelf that looks fun.
Then everyone gets home. It is time to read and parent and child snuggle down with their new pile of library books. But half of them aren't very good and a few are very terrible, and the parent is bored so their reading-skills are less than stellar, and the child is a little bored, and reading time is cut short because there are other, more interesting things to do.
There should almost never be anything more interesting to do than read a book. :)
This weeks' Picture Book Library List is particular fantastic. These are brand new books for a brand new year, and your kids will love them. Just take a look at these covers and this amazing art. All so different. Every story is so different: heartfelt, funny, warm and wonderful in their own way. I wish so much I owned a library and I could own all these books right in my home. Sigh.
The Art of Miss Chew by Patricia Polacco
Black Dog by Levi Penfold
Chloe, Instead by Micah Player
Ellen's Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons
The Huey's in the New Sweater by Oliver Jeffers
The Insomniacs by Karina Wolf
Kali's Song by Jeanette Winter
Maudie and Bear by Jan Ormerod
Old Robert and the Sea Silly Cats by Barbara Joosse
Rosie Sprout's time to shine by Allison Wortche
Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham