I was recently chatting with a couple friends about our childhood libraries. I noticed my friends' eyes light up as they described their hometown libraries in detail. For a moment we were young children again, entering a magical space filled with the books we loved. It struck me that I am creating similar memories for my children each time we enter our public library.
So in honor of the libraries we love, I'm hosting a "Love My Library" Link-up on Wednesday, May 12. Whether your local library is in a turn-of-the-century house, a modern glass structure, or a book-mobile, I want to see it! Show us where you and the kids in your life go to find new books and meet new friends. Take pictures, blog, and link up here for a little virtual tour of all of our different libraries around the globe.
Random? Yes. Fun? Definitely! So come back here on Wednesday, May 12, and show that you Love your Library!
Now, on to some of the treasures we found at our library for Feed Me Books Friday...
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
I know this book has been popular for a while, but now I know why! So adorable, so realistic! The illustrations are brilliant, with photographed backgrounds and cartoon characters. The story of a little girl and her favorite stuffed animal made me smile. What more could you want from a picture book?
Gilberto and the Wind by Marie Hall Ets
One of you recommended this to me when we did our pinwheel project, and I love it! Gilberto tells us about the wind that plays with his sailboats and pulls the clothes off the line. He speaks of the wind as a mischievous playmate, one he obviously loves. It's a beautiful book with monochromatic pencil drawings and lovely language throughout.
Desert Rose and Her Highfalutin Hog by Alison Jackson
This book didn't live up to my high hopes for it. The colorful, cartoon illustrations called to me from the library shelf, but the story was only mediocre. Desert Rose finds a lump of gold and spends it on the largest hog so she can win first prize at the state fair. But when she attempts to get the hog to cross a creek, he refuses, and Rose has to get the other (rather reluctant) desert animals to help her, resulting in a "house that jack built" style story. The best part of the book is Rose's exclamations after each animal's refusal: "Bust my breeches!... You are one persnickety snake!" "Starch my stirrups!... You are one contrary cowboy!" and so on.