Good morning! Sheesh, Chicken Spaghetti is pretty dusty, and needs some tidying up. But before I do that, let's talk books.
I had a really fun year reading to second graders at a nearby city school. I visit the class once a week, share a story, and then we talk. Sometimes we stay on topic.
The class favorite of 2014-2015 was the very funny Book with No Pictures, by B.J. Novak. I could have read it 52 times, and the kids would have been happy. It's a goof on the grown-up doing the reading, forcing her to utter lines like, "My only friend in the whole wide world is a hippo named Boo-Boo Butt." I read it in January, and in June that sentence was still being remembered fondly.
Right up there with The Book with No Pictures was Rude Cakes, by Rowboat Watkins. Another hilarious title, this one led to the kids writing their own Rude stories, including one about a Rude Valentine. "On Sunday, the Rude Valentine interrupted church." I love it.
Here are some of the other selections:
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, by Laurie Ann Thompson & Sean Qualls
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman, written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by David Diaz
ZooBorns! Zoo Babies from Around the World, by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland
Pecan Pie Baby, written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Madame Martine, written and illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen
Tia Isa Wants a Car, written by Meg Medina and illustrated by Claudio Muñoz
Creature Features: 25 Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do, by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
Kat Kong and Dogzilla, by Dav Pilkey
The Three Cabritos, written by Eric A. Kimmell and illustrated by Stephen Gilpin
For the next school year I am considering reading only folk tales and fractured folk tales. It could be really fun. Think of the vast 398.2 section in the library. Endless possibilities!