Meet the best personal shopper assistant I’ve ever had – sorry @MaryLouAndre! With my own sons grown and flown, I miss the excitement and fun of BTS shopping, so I’ve started a new tradition. At the end of August, I head to the nearest bookstore and select a few books to give to a young kindergarten teacher friend to help her stock her classroom library. I had so much fun this year with my grand-(gulp)-nieces visiting and helping me find the best choices. Thanks girls!
I loved seeing Laura Numeroff’s “mouse” series has continued. Her original, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, is still one of my favorites from my boys’ younger years. I’m pretty sure it’s packed away in the attic in a plastic bin along with Where the Wild Things Are, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Make Way for Ducklings.
Today, there are even more great stories for kids which are not only entertaining but now seem to also include a teaching moment whether it’s acceptance or self-confidence.
Strictly No Elephants is a heart-warming story of friendship and inclusion.
Those teaching moments makes it even harder for children’s literature writers. I’m not sure my idea for a picture book about the simple friendship between two Golden Retrievers, Tucker and Tess, would pass muster today. I still hope to put that idea to paper someday, after I get through Eliza’s story first.
To everyone packing off a student tomorrow for a first day of school, or the start of their second, third, or even fourth week (friends down South – how do you manage to go back to school so early??), I wish you success and laughter. School days pass much too quickly.
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