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I will be blogging over at my new blog from now on.  I will be writing about books and reading as well as crafts and parenting. 

http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/

Hope to hear from you there!

I just discovered Because Babies Grow Up, a blog about what to do with your babies when they “grow up”. Essentially, once your baby is no longer newborn how do you interact with them.  She writes here about how music and books promote emergent literacy. 

I wrote in this post about interacting with your babies to make them smarter.  “Because Babies Grow Up” is a blog that gives a lot of helpful hints about how to interact with your baby without putting them in front of the television. Books, songs and music are all great ways to do this. 

This post is an entry into the “Because Babies Grow Up” giveaway for the ebook “Laptime Songs for Mommies”.

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I hate snow. 

It’s wet and cold and causes me a great deal of stress when I have to drive in it. 

There are a couple of books I like to read aloud regardless of my feelings towards snow. 

My favorite is:

Snow by Cynthia Rylant

 

Her text makes me actually feel warm while reading about snow.  And the illustrations of the snowflakes are beautiful (by Lauren Stringer).

I have been doing some snow/winter storytimes and have found some great new songs and fingerplays on Mel’s Desk here. Thanks!

I did change the words she had to the following:

Hat, scarf, coat and books (tune: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes)

Hat, scarf, coat and boots, coat and boots

Hat, scarf, coat and boots, coat and boots

In Wintertime we dress like that

Hat, scarf, coat and boots, coat and boots

babyDavid Milgrim’s newest book Best Baby Ever is a fantastic book to share with little ones, give to new parents or to commemorate a child’s first day of school.  A new baby is the best baby ever to every parent.  In Milgrim’s book we watch a new baby grow up and the proud parents look on.  From the baby’s first smile to first steps and as the baby walks out the door to get on the school bus for the first day of school.  I have to say I get choked up at the end when I think of my own kids starting school and I am thankful I am still a few years away from my oldest getting on a school bus! My daughter enjoys reading this together because she enjoys books about babies since we have a new one at home.  She exclaimed to her baby brother, “You’re the BEST BABY EVER!” when we were reading this. 

santaduck

Nicholas Duck is mistaken for Santa Claus by all the other animals when he finds a Santa hat and coat on his door step.  Wearing it, the other animals begin to tell him what they want for Christmas.  Mistakenly, Nicholas becomes Santa Duck and passes on everyone’s Christmas wishes to the real Santa and forgets all about what he wants himself.  Don’t worry, Santa doesn’t leave him out! A wonderful addition to the many holiday books on our library’s shelf.  Santa Duck is an adorable character and the cartoon talking bubbles Milgrim uses make this a fun read aloud.

sparrowSparrow Delaney is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter and is supposed to be the best medium Lily Dale has ever seen.  And she is.  Except nobody knows it.  Wanting to just be “normal” she keeps the fact she talks to ghosts a secret from her family and friends.  Then she begins to talk to Luke, a cute boy about her age.  He won’t leave her alone until she helps him. 

Sparrow has also started a new school.  She wants to get out of Lily Dale, a town of mediums which actually exists.  At her new school she meets Jack, another cute boy who is very much alive.  Her and Jack are paired up to do a history project together on the town of Lily Dale, a subject Sparrow nows all to much about.

I would describe The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney as a supernatural comedy.  The descriptions of Sparrow’s family of six sisters (all named after birds) and her grandmother are priceless and made me wish the author included more of them.   Sparrow goes through life trying to ignore the ghosts who come to here and this also makes for some very humorous situations.

Sparrow must learn to use her gifts and help her friend even if it means admitting who she is to the world.  Entertaining and fun but not as creepy as I initially hoped for still worth the read.

I am beginning a new series of blog posts.  One of the things I enjoy doing the most is reading to my children and doing arts and crafts projects with my daughter.  With Monday being my day off I usually try to do some small art project with my daughter.  I will share those here as well as one of the books we read together on Mommy Mondays.

This Monday’s Art Project:

My daughter loves to paint and I recently bought her watercolors.  She has been painting outside all summer but with fall just around the corner I wanted to make sure she had something else to use inside to keep her painting going. 

When I took out the watercolors she was thrilled.  She went through each color and painted with each one, naming them as she went along.  Then it was mommy’s turn to paint.  I painted some flowers and asked her which colors I should paint with. 

Then I gave the brush back to her and she started painting her fingernails blue!

Then it was Mommy’s turn again.  She asked me to paint a bunny and an octopus.  I wished I could share pictures with you of my masterpieces! After this we made her hand prints which she loves to do! I also painted her name.  She named each letter of her name as we went along!

 Color and letter recognition were the lessons of this simple art project.  I’m sure she’ll be asking to paint again soon!

Book we Read Together Today:

Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales by Lucy Cousins

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We are loving the stories in this book. Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs are our favorites! Lucy Cousings illustrations are wonderfully eye catching.  This would make a great gift this holiday season.  Be wary however, the author does not change much from the orginals.  Grandmother is eaten by the wolf and the pigs are all gobbled up as well.  Still, I wonderful read aloud.

I recently read a blog post on Playful Learning on using DVDs to promote literacy development.  She talks about some wonderful books that were made into wonderful DVDs.  One of my favorite is the Chrysanthemum video which is narrated by Meryl Streep.  My daughter found this at our library and I’m pretty sure I enjoyed it more than she did.  But then I found the book and she loved hearing the book read. 

I would take it one step farther as well and recommend reading books that are based on television shows children enjoy.  My daughter recently went through a Dora phase and the Dora books are still popular for her.  I usually try to make a book connection with anything she watches on television.   The following books you can also find a DVD or television show associated with them.  Some were books first and then a television show and some (like Dora) were shows first and the books came later.

Curious George

Clifford

Backyardigans

Arthur

Diego

Charlie & Lola

Martha Speaks

Bob the Builder

Thomas the Tank Engine

Blue’s Clues

Maisy

Sesame Street

My daughter often enjoys reading the books associated with her favorite television shows more than actually watching the shows.



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  • Amber: Thanks for sharing my blog with your readers! You summed up the reason for the name better than I've been able to :) Good luck in the giveaway!
  • Musing: I wasn't able to finish Twilight myself, but I'm always glad to hear of young people being turned on to reading. :)
  • juliannahelt: I forgot about Twelve Hats for Lena. It is a great book! Thanks for mentioning it.