I know that I’m technically way too old to read picture books, but what’s the point of knowing how to read if you can’t read whatever you want? Plus, I find that children’s books can be incredibly creative and the artwork is beautiful.
Clicking on an image will take to you Amazon via an affiliate link. How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk
Found this one thanks to Poisoned Pen’s monthly newsletter. It sounds interesting but also very fun.
I got this idea from Wishful Endings who hosts a weekly link-up for books for which people are waiting. So here is a book that I can’t wait for!
Wildcard by Marie Lu
While I don’t think I loved Warcross as much as others did, I still enjoyed it enough that I have to find out what happens next! Wildcard is the next book in the series, and it’s expected to come out on September 18. I’m not reading much about the sequel so I don’t go in with weird expectations.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! Today I am outlining all the book-related ways my Mom is awesome. She’s awesome in many other ways, but since this is a book blog, you get book related things. 🙂 (A lot of these also apply to my Dad, but it’s not his day so…)
She has recommended some great books to me.
Did you know she’s the one who recommended Harry Potter to me? That alone should tell you how fantastic her book game is.
She still recommends books for me to read.
I wrote an entire post about it, which you can find here.
She read books aloud to us when we were younger.
The one I remember the most was The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White. She read it to us before we were old enough to read it ourselves, and it was a great book to read and think about as a family.
She would read books while we read books, just so she could discuss them with us.
She read the Harry Potter series side by side with me, so that we could discuss them once I finished.
She taught us to be readers by being an example of a great reader.
My mom still reads all the time, and she did the same when we were children. (If I remember correctly, we thought it was funny to try to distract her from reading, or to jump on her while she was reading, back when we were toddlers.)
She would let us choose a book to purchase from Scholastic.
There were usually two 99 cent books as part of the Scholastic book flyers. She often let us choose one of them to add to our collection. In kindergarten I got one about different kinds of apples (don’t remember the title though), and as I got older, this was how I added Santa Paws and The Dolphin Diaries to my collection.
She took us to the library all the time.
Even to this day, libraries are still a wonderful, magical place. When we were little we got to pick out picture books to take home. I’m fairly sure I pretty much always chose Mary Wore Her Red Dress. When we got older we got to participate in the library’s summer reading programs. She’d let us wander the kids area of the library on our own while she went to look for books for herself. We had an entire shelf at home dedicated to library books, since as a family we checked so much out and read so much. By the time I graduated I had my library card number memorized and I knew many of the librarians there.
We grew up in a home filled with books. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have a bookshelf. We had a white cube-like one when we were younger, which was great for our large picture book collection. I had my own (!) night-stand size one when I was in elementary school, which was awesome – it gave me ownership for the care of my books. And while I don’t think we ever bought books new, we always seemed to be inheriting them or finding them for cheap. I was never in want of books growing up.
She started a business selling books. If you’re not yet convinced that my mom is awesome, maybe this will convince you – she started her own business! Being the bookish family we are, it was natural for her to start a company selling books. My Dad left his job and joined her a couple years after she started it, and it’s still what they do to this day. (If you’re curious, links to their Amazon and eBay stores can be found here.)
She worked hard to teach me how to read. I don’t remember much of the process of learning how to read. But I know my mom would sit with me on the couch almost everyday when I was in kindergarten, guiding me through a book. The one that I remember fulling reading myself was Richard Scarry’s Farmer Patrick Pig. Although there were plenty of other books in there, including Go Dog Go, Hop on Pop, and some book about a fat cat.
There you go! A short glimpse into why my Mom is awesome. In what bookish ways is your mom awesome? Let me know!
Mother’s Day is one week away! In honor of that, here are some books recommended by my mother.
(Contains affiliate links) Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
When I told my mom I was going to write the post, her first reaction was “It better contain Ice Limit!” So here it is as first. 🙂 It is marked as a thriller or an adventure novel, and, although I haven’t read it, it is definitely on my TBR! Extra Virginity by Tom Mueller
Although the title sounds scandalous, this book is actually about olive oil. Apparently it is quite fascinating, and it’s another one I plan on picking up. Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder
I have read this one and it was fascinating! It is about retrieving a sunken ship (the richest in the world, according to the book’s tagline), and all the different technological advances were required to make it happen. It’s a lot more interesting that I’m making it sound, I promise. 🙂 Beautiful Cruel Country by Eva Antonia Wilber-Cruce
My mom loves southwest history (which is great, considering we live there), and no doubt she enjoys this book for that reason. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
This book covers the story of the life (and continued presence) of Henrietta Lacks. While she died over 50 years ago, her cells are still around and have been essential in many modern medical advances. Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
This is another non-fiction that investigates the ramifications of having the ability to choose. Is it a good thing? How does it tie into freedom and our well-being?
All of the above (except the one’s I’ve read) are definitely on my TBR. Are you adding any of them to yours as well? What books would your mom recommend?
I really enjoy crocheting, even if I don’t get around to it as much as I should. So today, in honor of Children’s Book Week, I have a collection of crochet patterns based on children’s books. One of my favorite toddler/child gifts is to give a book along with a crocheted plush that matches that book. As of me writing this post, all of the linked-to patterns are free! Yay!
Because I haven’t made most of these, there aren’t many pictures of the projects themselves. Click on each link to head to each site to check them out! The books each project is based on (or that I associated them with) is next to each link. Clicking on that will take you to Amazon via an affiliate link. Thing 1 and Thing 2 Crochet Hats by Repeat Crafter Me
Children’s Book Week starts today! You can find all the official information here.
This week I will try to post about children’s books. We’ll see how well I do at that! 😛 For today, I wanted to kick off the week by providing you with links to all of the children’s book related posts I’ve already done. Click on each image to go to the post!
My favorite childhood picture books.
Why it’s important to introduce books to children, even at a young age.
Books I want my future children to read, based mainly on how much I enjoyed the books as a child.
A couple years ago I crocheted a Hungry Caterpillar as a Christmas gift.
I also crocheted a Lowly Worm. 🙂
Items (that aren’t books) that still foster a love for reading.
Bookish gifts for elementary aged children.
My favorite authors from my childhood.
Last but not least, my children’s chapter book reviews (only two so far). Click on the images to go to the review.
So I don’t have a ton of books to share today, but I wanted to give you some ideas of books that are perfect for spring! (Although in Arizona our seasons are “hot” and “hotter”, so “spring” doesn’t quite apply. :P)
I picked up the second one in a Walmart bargain bin and I was hooked! I don’t know if reading the series out of order (2, 1, 3, 4) affected how much I love the series, but this series is tied with Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series for my favorite fairie novels. The fairies in these books each represent a season, so they’re not specifically “spring”, but when I think of fairies I think of gardens and flowers and that makes me think of spring. 🌷
If you only ever read one book about gardening, this should be the one. It’s told in a style similar to that of Freakonomics – non-fiction through stories. You follow the author as he tries to have the perfect garden… which ends up being a lot harder than he had anticipated. It’s also written with humor, which hooked me. I read this when I was in junior high (per my mother’s reccommendation) and loved it. It also imparted some wisdom that I still think about today. They meant it to apply to gardening, but it can definitely be applied elsewhere. “When in doubt, do nothing. Either the problem will get so bad you know what to do, or it will resolve itself.” (Not an exact quote, just from my memory.) (Also, it’s not advocating for apathy or inaction. They just point out that sometimes it’s better to wait to make a clear decision.)
100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet by Leslie Stanfield
I mentioned this one in my post 5 Awesome Crochet Books and 5 More I Want to Read, but it’s definitely worth mentioning here as well. If you’re a knitter or crocheter and you want to decorate your home with lots of springy, floral touches, this book will help you out! So far I’ve only made four or five of the patterns, but they all turned out beautiful. 🙂
Sleeping Naked is Green by Vanessa Farquharson
The author decided to change one aspect of her life to be more “green”, every day for an entire year. This book follows her as she tries to do this, and pushes herself out of her comfort zone, to unplug her fridge, sell her car, join eco-groups, and much more. She also discusses a bit about after her experiment – what did she go back to, and what was it that it turned out she didn’t really miss?
What books remind you of spring? I’d love to hear about them. 🙂
For a large portion of my childhood I would find an author I loved, and then read every book they ever wrote. So a lot of these authors I have read a large majority of their books, except those that came out after elementary school. 🙂 Looking back I’m not sure if I would like all of their styles now, but I certainly enjoyed them when I was reading them.
I put the authors in alphabetical order (by last name), so I don’t have to try and put them in order from least favorite to most favorite. I’ve included pictures to four of my favorites from each author.
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If you haven’t read any of his books, you should, even if you’re an adult. They’re great! Frindle is probably his most famous, but The Report Card is my favorite. (The Janitor’s Boy comes in at a close second.)
Her books are quirky, and often told in uncommon formats. For example, Love That Dog is written in poems.
How can you make it through childhood without reading at least one of his books? They were so unique and fantastical. The only book of his I didn’t enjoy was his auto-biography. My favorites of his are The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
His Dive series is the first series I remember eagerly anticipating the release of the next book. Each of his books were short, but detailed, and kept me on the edge of my seat. As a child I read his Everest, Dive, Island, and On the Run series. When I got older I read Son of the Mob, and now as an adult I’m trying to catch up on the other books of his that I missed.
His Encyclopedia Brown series is another favorite of mine. They contain short little mysteries that you as the reader can solve. I swear I remember a non-Encyclopedia Brown book of his too, but I can’t for the life of me find it. 😦
What were your favorite authors in elementary school? I loved taking a trip down memory lane, and I’m very tempted to pick up more books by these authors.
I haven’t been doing very much of it lately (no need for scarves in Phoenix), but I enjoy crocheting. Here are five great crochet books. If you’re an expert or have never crocheted before, you’ll like at least one of these.
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Awesome Crochet Books
The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Crochet by Nancy Queen and Mary Ellen O’Connell
While my grandmother originally taught me to crochet, I forgot much of what she taught me, so this book is really what got me into the craft. They have great directions and projects for learning almost every stitch. I still keep it as a reference, and I’ve loved everything I’ve made from the book so far.
Crochet by DK
This is a beautiful book. Even non-crocheters have enjoyed browsing through it (I keep it as a coffee table book). There are so many projects in here that I’m looking forward to completing. It is also more or less an encyclopedia for everything crochet, so that’s awesome. Tasty Crochet by Rose Langlitz
This book has a ton of really cute foods you can make, from pop-tarts to ice cream cones to bacon. I made a bunch of them for my nephews’ kitchen set. The instructions are easy to follow. And did mention the food turns out really cute?
A couple of things I’ve made from this book!
A couple of foods I’ve made from this book. 🙂
100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet by Leslie Stanfield
It’s fun to make these flowers because they’re pretty quick and turn out quite beautiful. You can use these as appliques or in other applications. (There are 60 crochet patterns and 40 knit.)
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi by June Gilbank
This is also a great crochet reference book. It goes through how to make many different 3-D shapes, and how to use that to create any amigurumi of your choice. It also goes through many different options like how to do fur/hair, how to do eyes, etc.
Crochet Books I Want to Read
Super-Super Cute Crochet by Brigitte Read
I own this book but haven’t made anything from it yet. Every thing in this book is as described – super, super cute. Crobots by Nelly Pailloux
These crochet robots also look super cute and super creative. Supersize Crochet by Sarah Shrimpton
I haven’t yet ventured into the chunky crochet realm, but book looks like it would be a great way to get into it. Yummi ‘Gurumi by Christen Haden and Mariarosa Sala
Crocheting treats? Count me in! This book sounds like Tasty Crochet, but perhaps with slightly yummier options? Twinkie Chan’s Crocheted Abode A La Mode by Twinkie Chan
While not always practical, everything Twinkie Chan makes is adorable. This book focuses on crocheted foods to use around your house!