This week is all about sharing favorite books and magazines that I've enjoyed reading to the kids, reviewing for pleasure, or that I seek out to find inspiration. To start things off I'm sharing a few of the books we took on our Airstream camping trip last month. I took the kids to the library with the intention of filling their book bags for the long trip. I admit that I usually choose kids' books to check out based on their familiarity (if I read it as a kid) or the illustration style. I can appreciate even the dullest story for the tenth time if the pages are beautiful! Am I right?
I asked the librarian if she could recommend any camping books. The first one she picked ended up being our favorite. It's A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen and is about a guy and his dog that leave their marshmallows out, attract a blind and feeble bear, end up floating towards a waterfall, and how the bear accidentally saves them. It's also set to the rhythm of The Night Before Christmas so it's got a little extra charm. Also, that camper!
One of the books I found while I was waiting for the librarian to return was Big Plans by Bob Shea. The illustrations sucked me in and introduced me to a few other Bob Shea books in the same row.
It's about a rambunctious but ambitious young man who daydreams about becoming President and traveling to the moon while he's in detention. The illustrations were great but mostly I enjoyed the humorous dialogue.
The book below, Good Little Wolf, is basically about just that. A little wolf who tries to be bad when the big bad wolf tells him he's not a real wolf. He proves himself in his final hour but sadly the book ends with an unforseen twist.
One of the other camping books we took with us was called Mr. Bear's Vacation. The whole family decides to go on an adventure one day and run into all of the unexpected delays one does when trying to have an ideal time. The baby needed changing, the tent wasn't being cooperative, and then they had a few surprise guests. Again, I loved the tone of the story and their gypsy-like tent. I'd love to have one like that!
I remember first hearing about changing out books in your home according to seasons from Soulemama years and years ago and have always tried to keep that in mind as I rotate books. It keeps their interest and helps focus on the rhythms of the seasons. We need to make a trip to find some non-spooky, Halloween and harvest season books soon.