library haul link-up

I mentioned in my last post that I kind of dig the idea of sharing our library hauls each week, so I decided to give it a shot this week.

I love libraries.  I spent a lot of time at the library as a kid (thanks, Mom!), I worked at a library in college, and now as a Mom, I take my kids to the library at least once a week, often to find books, but more often to get them out of the house and save my sanity.  The library has somehow become like a tantrum-free demilitarized zone.  My kids are happy, I’m happy, it’s all good.  And we always leave with a heavy, full-to-bursting bag of books.  I could go on and on about how great I think libraries are and all the reasons I think they’re so important, but I’ll leave that for another time.  For now, I’ll just show you some of my favorite things from this week’s haul. (I picked all kids’ books this week, but I’d love to include all kinds of books in the future!)img_3891

  1. I’m a Duck!  Even if your kid isn’t as obsessed with ducks as mine is, this is a really cute one.  Not HALF as annoying as other duck books out there.  And trust me, I really know a lot about duck books.  Not by choice.img_3892
  2. Let The Whole Earth Sing Praise  As if Tomie dePaola could produce anything less than a delightful, wonderful, amazing children’s book.  This is such a treasure- and I was actually surprised by how much my kids loved it, even though there is no “story”.  This one might go on the “to-buy” wish list.img_3893
  3. My Village, Rhymes From Around the World Well, it’s no secret that we like poems around here a whole lot.  So I’m not surprised we love this one. But I think this book would be really great to have around if you’re doing some geography or studying other countries… a fun way to bring some poetry to lessons about other places.img_3898
  4. The Artist and Me This is a sweet story about Van Gogh and a little boy who gets to know him.  Not only is it a great way to expose your kids to some tidbits about the artist, but it also has a great anti-bullying message and talks about seeing things from other perspectives.  I loved this one.img_3899
  5. Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes  I grabbed this one because I recognized the author as someone whose books we’ve enjoyed.  Nicola Davies also wrote this little treasure that we read from almost every morning during our circle time.  Joey found this one fascinating, and Davies has a way of explaining scientific concepts in a way that’s story-like and engaging.  The illustrations in this one rock, too.

So tell me, what did you pick up at your local library this week?  Tell me in the comments, or better yet, write a whole blog post about it and link up below.

*Another note: I’ve linked each booked through Amazon Associates, but the whole point is that these are LIBRARY finds, so head to your library and find them there!*


14 thoughts on “library haul link-up

    1. Thanks for linking to your post, Alicia- you had some great finds! I’ll definitely do it again, and next time, I’ll include some of the books I got for myself and some other things we get from our library!

  1. I only got two books out this week… not really enough to do a whole post, but I wanted to share anyways!

    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland- Fun and quick read, although I did feel odd venturing into the kids section with out any kids in tow.

    War and Peace- On Pg. 75 and I have three days to read the rest of it…I did not realize what I was getting myself into 🙂 I’ll probably save it for later, and get something a little (or a lot) shorter on my next trip.

    I loved your suggestions, and when I do have a baby to read to I’ll be coming back to this post to pick up some book ideas 🙂

    1. Love those picks! When I was in college I worked in the Education library, and often had a lot of fun revisiting some childhood favorites, and realizing that many of them were even more enjoyable as an adult!
      And yeah, War and Peace is a beast. I read it when I was pregnant with my second, and I slogged through it til the end. By the time I finished, I really appreciated it, but I can’t say that it was one of the most “fun” books I’ve read. 😉 For what it’s worth, I think you can get a free kindle version, so you could get that and take your sweet time!

      1. I agree! I love re-reading picture books too, it’s especially fun when reading a specific book brings back memories from a certain point in your life.

        Thanks for that tip, I’ll have to download it so I don’t have to keep up with the library’s due dates. 🙂

  2. Sweet coincidence – I was putting “Tiny” into the school library yesterday, and also pulling out the Tomie de Paola along with our other St Francis books to share with the teachers – it’s his feast next Tuesday and we celebrate it with a big school Mass, posters and so on. Great chooses! Go well

    1. Too funny! I hadn’t thought about St. Francis’ feast day next week- I think we’ll have to renew that one then! Thanks for the reminder!

  3. The World of Microbes looks like fun. I’m kind of sad that June is outgrowing the picture books now. We’re getting into chapter books and they don’t have all the nice art.

    1. I hear ya. BUT in the place of the pictures you get stories with plot lines! Character development! Thematic elements! Not that I don’t love all the books about ducks and trucks over here, but… 😉

  4. I’m just getting my blog up and running (again) but I love this link up and I’m going to try and get one of our favorites from this week up. If not, I’ll be ready for next week. 😉

    1. Yay for getting your blog back up… can’t wait to read some new posts from you! Not that I don’t enjoy just seeing all the adorable pics of your kiddos on insta! 😉

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