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Three Books of the Week: Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica

By | January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Okay, there are no beets or Battlestar Galactica, or sadly, no Dwight Schrute/Jim Halpert. But every time I even say the word 'bears', I hear this phrase.  If you have no idea what I am talking about that's okay just start watching The Office because you should know this quote. A Bear's Year by Kathy Duval & Gerry Turley We start below the Northern Lights lit sky under a blanket of snow in mama bear's den where she sleeps with her newborn cubs.  As spring arrives, the trio go out into the world to discover new season.  The cubs learn to play and grow quickly which takes them into summer when they eat red berries. They eat salmon and find honey and then dig another den as fall rolls around.  The baby bears must grow big and their fur must get thick so that they can sleep for the winter. What did we learn? We learned about the [...]

Three Books of the Week: Bedtime Reads

By | January 15th, 2018|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Goodnight World by Debi Gliori I love this book - I think I happened upon it based on new books of 2017.  It's a fantastic bedtime book and one that I eventually had to buy as a permanent one for our bookshelf. We start big and say goodnight to the planet and the clouds around the earth and end with the little boy snuggled into his mama's pregnant belly with his dad next to him in their small world. And he says goodnight to everything like rockets and astronauts to sea creatures and flowers in between. Why I like it: The illustrations are dreamy and I really love how Gliori takes us from the universe right to our very small universes' that are our family. Mother Goose's Pajama Party by Danna Smith and [...]

Three Books of the Week: Winter Blues

By | January 8th, 2018|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , |

With the latest nor'easter slamming the eastern seaboard of Canada and the States, Toronto in a continued state of extreme cold weather, and western Canada going between -45°C and +4°C in a matter of days and then back down again - we are in the midst of wicked winter so here are some books to make staying inside more tolerable.  Make some hot chocolate, start up the fire and cover yourselves with blankets - it's going to be a long one. Supertruck by Stephen Savage This is the second book of Savage’s vehicle series and George absolutely adores it. Big bonus: I don’t get sick of reading it. The text is really simple and the illustrations are sweet. Various hard working trucks across the city are hard at work including the lowly garbage truck who is only collecting trash. Then the city (clearly New York) gets hit by a blizzard and everyone is stuck in [...]

Three Books of the Week: Baby & Toddler Board Books

By | January 4th, 2018|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I realized that it was time for some great books for the youngest of readers seeing as I focus so much on what I read to my preschooler.  I read to George as a baby and toddler ferociously, Alice merely gets the listen to the books her brother is reading most of the time. I'm trying to make time just for Alice and read more toddler-age books.  And in doing so, I'm finding that George likes them just as much as the longer and more complicated books. These are choices that both kids loved and I read again and again (I know a few off by heart). Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig & Marc Brown Great language and sound effects keep your baby's interest in this one:  stompity! stompity! tippety! tappety! slappity! Also great because it asks the baby who is making that sound with their dancing feet so it builds anticipation.  They see elephants, [...]

Three Books of the Week

By | December 26th, 2017|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Beastly Babies by Ellen Jackson and Brendan Wenzel This is a fantastic book for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  Jackson explores all the babies of the beast world from whales to dromedary (this is a particular shout out to my dear friend K. A. Fischer who once schooled her grade one teacher on the difference between a camel and a dromedary. Hint:  it's in the number of humps.) to elephants to kittens. We see all the trouble babies get in to and all the messes they like to make.  We also see that mamas love their babies best no matter what. What did we learn? That all babies, smooth or hairy, human or beast drive their mamas bananas.  And one day when they grow up, they will have to contend with beastly babies of their own. Why I like it: This is a fabulously illustrated book with fun rhyming text that appeals to both my kids. I [...]