Sometimes the best stories are old ones. Here are a few stories from my childhood that we’ve been enjoying lately.

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1. Moongame by Frank Asch
One night Moonbear decides to play hide-and-seek with the moon. When it’s Moonbear’s turn to hide, the moon finds him every time. But when the moon ducks behind a cloud and doesn’t come out, Moonbear gets worried. Is the moon lost forever?

2. The Gumby Shop by Joy Cowley
Where can you find a clown in a pancake gown? At the Gumby Shop! Take a trip to the Gumby shop and discover all the quirky things that you can’t get anywhere else!

3. Nobody by Patience Brewster
A girl named Sarah frequently claims “Nobody did it.” Find out what happens when “Nobody” is finally revealed to be somebody.

4. Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch
Moonbear discovers that he and the moon share the same birthday. Now Moonbear wants to give his nighttime friend a present. But what do you buy the moon?

Young kids love animals. They ask for pets and promise they’ll take care of them. But do you know who usually ends up taking care of them? Parents. I can barely take care of a house plant, so books about pets will have to do for now.

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1. Larry Gets Lost in Seattle by John Skewes
Larry Gets Lost in Seattle is an interactive, highly visual children’s story about a young boy (Pete) who goes to Seattle with his family and is temporarily separated from his cute little dog, Larry, while sightseeing. In his search for Pete, Larry encounters many Seattle landmarks and cultural attractions before the two are reunited.

2. Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Boy and fly meet and so begins a beautiful friendship. Er, and so begins a very funny friendship. Using hyperbole, puns, slapstick, and silly drawings, bestselling author/illustrator Tedd Arnold creates an easy reader that is full of fun.

3. A Fish Out of Water by P.D. Eastman
What happens when you feed a fish too much? Read this book and find out!

4. This book just ate my dog! by Richard Byrne
When her dog disappears into the gutter of the book, Bella calls for help. But when the helpers disappear too, Bella realizes it will take more than a tug on the leash to put things right. Cleverly using the physicality of the book, This book just ate my dog! is inventive, ingenious, and just pure kid-friendly fun!

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Adjusting to life as a family of 4 has been difficult because our newest member requires so much time, energy and attention. BabyFish needs love, but so does KidFish and sometimes it feels like there’s not enough to go around. While I can’t spend as much time with KidFish as I did before, I CAN still spend quality time with her by cuddling up on the sofa and reading her a story. These are a few of the books we’re enjoying lately. I hope you enjoy them too!

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1. Mr. Topsy-Turvy by Roger Hargreaves
He’s one wacky guy! He sees things a little differently from everyone else-backwards!

2. Mr. Sneeze by Roger Hargreaves
Poor Mr. Sneeze-he lives in Coldland, where everyone has a cold! He’s tired of sneezing all the time, so he goes on a journey to try to find some relief.

3. Mr. Strong by Roger Hargreaves
Mr. Strong may be a bit too strong for his own good. But if you need a helping hand–he’s your man!

4. Mr. Messy by Roger Hargreaves
Mr. Messy is in a pickle when Mr. Neat and Mr. Tidy come to call.

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Favorite Books This Week

It can be difficult to find a good children’s book with art that’s equally as good. Sometimes the stories are great, but not the art that goes with it. Sometimes it’s the other way around. This week, KidFish and I went to the library and found a few simple, creative, imaginative stories with amazing art! I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

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1. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
This was my favorite book when I was little. Now, I finally get to share it with my own child.

“One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.” Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement. Full of funny twists and surprises, this joyful story shows just how far your imagination can take you. It’s a must read that sparks creativity and imagination.

2. Art by Patrick McDonnell
A rhyming tribute to a budding young artist named Art…and his art. KidFish enjoyed this book so much that she asked me to read it over….and over….and over.

3. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
When is a box not a box? When it’s a mountain, rocket ship, sail boat, or anything else you imagine it to be. KidFish loved this story…especially the pages that said “It’s NOT a box!” because those were pages she could “read.”

4. Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
This is a follow up to Antoinette Portis’s book “Not a Box.” A stick is a stick….unless it’s NOT a stick!

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These are a few of the books we’re reading this week. They range from advanced (for a 3 year old) to super simple.

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1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

2. Missy’s Super Duper Royal Deluxe #4: Field Trip by Susan Nees
In this book, Missy’s class goes on a field trip to the state capitol. Missy cannot wait to visit what she is sure will be the most awesome gift shop ever! But she soon learns that the capitol does not have a gift shop. Missy decides this simply MUST change! Since the students are all partnered up for the day, Missy cannot go anywhere without Oscar. Missy knows she is supposed to complete the tour along with the rest of her class, but does Missy do anything like everyone else?

3. My First 500 Words by Jenny Tulip
This is a simple “find it” book. It’s nice having books that KidFish can “read” all by herself.

4. You Are Special by Max Lucado
Every day the small wooden people called Wemmicks do the same thing: stick either gold stars or gray dots on one another. The pretty ones–those with smooth wood and fine paint–always get stars. The talented ones do, too. Others, though, who can do little or who have chipped paint, get ugly gray dots. Like Punchinello.

In this heartwarming children’s tale from the best-selling pen of author Max Lucado, Eli the woodcarver helps Punchinello understand how special he is–no matter what other Wemmicks may think. It’s a vital message for children everywhere: that regardless of how the world evaluates them, God cherishes each of them, just as they are.

In our home, we love reading and telling stories. These are a few of the books we’re enjoying this week.

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1. Snow by Roy McKie & P.D. Eastman
This book is a cute way to introduce a child to snow (which is very rare in the San Francisco Bay Area). From snowball fights and skiing to fort building and snowman making. It’s perfect for enjoying with a cup of hot cocoa or while wrapped up in a warm blanket.

2. Amelia Bedelia Hits the Trail by Herman Parish
Amelia Bedelia and her school friends discover more than they expect to, in this funny story about the great (and not so great) outdoors.

3. Claude at the Circus by Alex T. Smith
Claude and Sir Bobblysock’s adventures continue in the second title in this adorable series. When Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes leave for the day, our two heroes take a walk in the park. They get caught up among a group of joggers, have an ice cream, and take a nap in the flowerbed. But when a woman calls for help, they find themselves rescuing a runaway baby buggy with the baby still inside! After their daring success, they are invited by The Amazing Alan to come see his circus. When the performers struggle with their acts, Claude and Sir Bobblysock must save the show.

4. Nothing by John Agee
Otis has an antique shop crammed to the gills with stuff. So he’s delighted when someone comes in and buys it all. Next day, Suzie Gump arrives, the shop is empty, full of nothing, and Suzy loves it-and takes it all. Suzie has set a trend, and soon everybody is craving nothing-the stores are full of it. It’s only when there’s not even a towel for drying off after a bath that Suzie realizes she may have gone a bit too far.

What we’re reading this week

I want KidFish to love reading, so we’re reading lots of interesting, creative books. These are a few of the ones we’re enjoying this week.

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1. Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
This book is based on an old French tale about three hungry soldiers who come up with a way to get the townspeople to provide them with a feast.

2.  The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders by Jack Prelutsky
Whimsical rhymes about people and animals, set in such far-flung places as Tuscaloosa, Tucumcari, and the Grand Canyon.

3. The Empty Pot by Demi
A tale about hard work, courage and honesty.
When a little boy named Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty.

4. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.