First of all, a bit of news! This here link-up is moving! Alicia at Sweeping Up Joy will be hosting the link-up over there from now on. I’ll still be sharing my library finds and linking up there, but if you want to join in (and I hope you do, we have so much fun!), you’ll just be linking up over there instead of here. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
So, if you thought we got a lot of library books before, you’d be well and truly shocked at how many library books etc. we check out when the weather turns colder. It’s a lot. Nothing better than snuggling up on the couch with all your little peeps (or without) and diving into a big pile of fresh library books. We got a HUGE pile this week, but for some reason, I wasn’t feeling super excited about many of them. You win some, you lose some. There were a couple of standouts, though.
Joseph Had A Little Overcoat – Such a great book. Very simple story, but my kids loved it and the illustrations were phenomenal and the pages were die cut to show how Joseph’s overcoat gets smaller and smaller with each incarnation. AND my kids thought it was pretty funny when I tried to play the accompanying song on the piano and sing along. Terrible singing voice and piano playing optional.
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog – A sweet story about a little girl who struggles to read aloud and is helped by reading to a dog at the local library. Grace liked it because there were “puppies”, and Joey enjoyed it because I think he empathized with the girl who struggled to read aloud. We all enjoyed this one.
How Groundhog’s Garden Grew – My kids asked me to read this several times, and I didn’t mind. It’s a cute little story about a groundhog whose friends are helping him start a garden. Along the way, as part of the story, the book explains all the steps that go into starting, tending, and harvesting a garden. I thought it was really well done. In the end, he shares his bounty with all his friends for a Thanksgiving feast, which got the kids all excited for the upcoming holiday.
Thelonius Monster’s Sky-High Fly Pie – Silly and pretty gross. So obviously my kids loved it.
The Barkskins: A Novel (for my kindle) – I was a big fan of The Shipping News and find Annie Proulx to be pretty fantastic, so I’m looking forward to digging in to this novel. The premise sounds interesting and different than anything I’ve read lately which is always a plus. It’s about two young Frenchman who arrive in Canada penniless and find work as wood-cutters. The reviews promise me both a multi-generational epic (love), startlingly vivid characters (also love) and basically, Proulx’s masterwork. How could I pass that up?!
Remember, we’re heading over to Sweeping Up Joy for the link-up from here on out, so head over there now and see what everyone else is up to! Happy reading, folks!