Monday, April 27, 2009

Book Bag: April

I love the story my friend Susan tells about her niece; seeing all the dandelions in Susan's yard (gone to seed) the sweet girl gasped in delight and said, "Aunt Susan! You have a WISH Garden!!"

Madeline shares this delight for dandelions (don't most little girls?) so Dandelions: Star in the Grass is the perfect read for us! It's going on our "to own" list... We're also loving Ladybug Girl, and Cowboy Kate and Cocoa (again - the first go-round on these was about 9 months ago), and a whole passel of new books too. (Books beloved by my babes are marked with ****)

  1. Dandelions : stars in the grass / Mia Posada.****
  2. Ernie dances to the didgeridoo : for the children of Gunbalanya / Alison Lester
  3. Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy / David Soman****Ladybug Girl organizes a Bug Squad, and saves the day!
  4. Ladybug Girl / David Soman**** The original and best - we love this tale of imaginative solo play and she's a tough little gal!
  5. Gardening with kids / Sharon MacLatchie.
  6. Bugs up close / Diane Swanson
  7. Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa : rain or shine / Erica Silverman****
  8. Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa : school days / Erica Silverman**** Mads' faves since she was two - horses, a ranch and a cowgirl, how could you go wrong??
  9. Bugs : poems about creeping things / David L. Harrison
  10. Why do we see rainbows? / Melissa Stewart.
  11. Pretend soup and other real recipes : a cookbook for preschoolers & up / Mollie Katzen****Cooking fun in the kitchen with Mama!
  12. Skunk's spring surprise / Lesléa Newman
  13. The happy day / Ruth Krauss****Sweet, simple, with a surprise ending! Black and white with a touch of color on the last page (filled with animals too).
  14. The wish / Elle van Lieshout
  15. Counting in the garden / Kim Parker.****The watercolor illustrations please Madeline.
  16. Polar Polka : counting polar bears in Alaska / Chérie B. Stihler
  17. A fire engine for Ruthie / Lesléa Newman****Fave of both kids - this tale of a girl whose gramma finally gives in to her love of "boy" toys, and has a blast!
  18. Raindrop, plop! / Wendy Cheyette Lewison
  19. Cindy Ellen : a wild western Cinderella / Susan Lowell****A recommendation from Aunt Shannon that we LOVE!! A spunky twist on Cinderella. Cinderella with True Grit... how can you not love it?
  20. The gingerbread man / Eric Blair
  21. Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose / Mary Engelbreit
  22. The gruffalo / Julia Donaldson****A classic favorite for us! Clever little mouse outfoxes everyone, even when faced with a surprise.
  23. Goldilocks and the three bears / retold and illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
  24. Mother Goose numbers on the loose / Leo & Diane Dillon
  25. Goldilocks and the three bears : a classic fairy tale / illustrated by Charlotte Roederer****Loving the classics right now...
  26. The three little pigs / Paul Galdone
  27. Lentil / Robert McCloskey****McCloskey can't lose in our house.
  28. On the day I was born / Debbi Chocolate
  29. The apple doll / Elisa Kleven****Fun directions on making an apple doll are included
  30. Jack and the beanstalk / retold by Richard Walke****A great version of this story (the illustrations are really fun and whimsical).
  31. Momo's kitten / Mitsu and Taro Yashima
  32. Lemons are not red / Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  33. Perfectly Martha / Susan Meddaugh
  34. 26 letters and 99 cents / Tana Hoban
****And we LOVE the Signing Time DVD series by Two Little Hands Productions. They teach ASL is such a clear, fun, and easy-to-remember style. It's fun to have the kids learning new signs (to add to the ones they learned as babies/toddlers).
  • Signing time. Series 2, volume 3, Move and groove / Two Little hands Productions
  • Signing time. [Volume 8], The great outdoors / Two Little Hands Productions
  • Signing time! Volume 6, My favorite things / Two Little Hands Productions

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