Secrets and playing catch-up

I can’t believe it is already May and nearly two months since my last post. In addition to keeping busy with part-time jobs, toddlers, travel, etc., I have been working on a couple of secret projects. One of these two projects I am now at liberty to share. I am cooking up baby #2, due in October! Ha, that counts as a project, right?

Photo of son on play structure smiling at mother who smiles back

Pregnancy takes up a whole lot of energy. Naps have reentered my life (although they seem to be slowly drifting out again). Thinking about our life a few months from now, I’ve decided to let myself enjoy the occasional nap at present. I mean, all that well intended advice to sleep when the baby sleeps is really only applicable the first time around. Once there are two or more kiddos in the household, will anybody be sleeping, ever? A fierce internal voice says, YES! The mama in me chuckles and sighs, Sometime, someday.

I will leave you in suspense about the second project. I promise it is more of a traditional project, though.

We have been reading a lot, as always. I even had put an Off the Shelf series together back in March but for some reason never posted it. Better late than never?

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Here was the March roundup of books:

  • Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Stickland — counting and dinosaurs. Two of my little guy’s favorite things right now.
  • I Love to Sleep by Amélie Graux — this one I catch the boy reading on his own a lot lately. I like to think he is studying up.
  • Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell — oldie but goodie. This one makes me hungry.
  • The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson and Beth Krommes — just lovely. I was so happy when my son got hooked on this!
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss — I am still surprised that my son has the attention span for this or Go, Dog. Go!
  • Noisy Way to Bed by Ian Whybrow and Tiphanie Beeke — this was a major hit. My son loves to make the animal sounds that interrupt the boy on his way to bed.
  • Snow by Manya Stojic — yes we were still reading snow books all through March. I stubbornly returned them before April even though the snow had not ended.
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6 thoughts on “Secrets and playing catch-up

  1. Alex, I was withdrawing a damaged copy of Green Eggs and Ham at the library recently and I noticed that even though it was originally published in 1960 – it’s a perennial classic – in our library system there are 119 copies – Middleton owns 5 – and there were about 20 holds on the 119 copies. Numbers don’t lie – it’s a classic, at least in SW Wisconsin. Congrats again on baby #2 as well.

  2. Congratulations on your new little one! I hope you’re enjoying lots of summer rest and fun.

    Noisy Way to Bed sounds adorable! I love the library, but usually get a little overwhelmed when trying to pick out kids books (or teen & adult ones) off the shelf. At the hold shelf I’m a pro! Any tips?

    • Thank you! I know what you mean about getting overwhelmed at the library. For kids books, I have a sample scan test that I do. I pick up a book based on its title and a guess that it will be a subject/storyline that my son will like. Then I make my initial judgment by the cover (I know, don’t judge a book by its cover, but you have to start somewhere!). Do the illustrations look like ones that my son will enjoy? Right now, he tends to go for the big and bold, as well as photographs. That said, if a book is on a certain subject such as robots or horses that he loves, he tends to be more open to lighter line drawings or watercolors, etc. After looking at the cover, I flip open the book and, without reading, just look at the amount of text on the page. Is there too much text for your child or just the right amount? For my son, I look for a phrase or sentence or two per page at this stage. If it looks like the right amount of text, I might read a couple of pages, or I might just put it in my tote for check-out. 🙂 This whole process only takes about 10-30 seconds per book. Then I just limit the # of books I’m taking out on a given day! The other way you can try to make the process less overwhelming is by sticking to a single section of the alphabet (maybe you’ll only take out books by authors w/ last names starting w/ “M” one week!) or doing the opposite actually–pick one book in one section and then, assuming the authors are arranged alphabetically, moving to an entirely different section! I tend to do the latter. And by the way, depending on the age-range you’re looking at kids books for, the scan test can still work just look at other factors: still how much text, but also, how much white space around the text? Is the font a good size? Too small? Too large? Are there too many illustrations, not enough? Are the chapters an appropriate length (if your child is daunted by larger sized chapters or thinks of shorter chapters as too babyish)? Etc. I hope this helps! Happy browsing!

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