I had two full day workshops this week. Two full day workshops, an entire chapter of my dissertation to write, a ba-zillion pages of website content to generate (Mrs. Mimi website coming soon to an internet near you!), a nursery rug to purchase and a book proposal to polish up. All while being 32 weeks pregnant and so exhausted that I could fall asleep on the floor with the vacuum running and the TV on.
Long story short, my brain... she is fried.
But you know I can always find the energy for list making.
A while ago, a few readers asked me to post the titles of some of my most favoritest read alouds. Request From You + Very Tired Brain = List Post About Books. It's like a match made in heaven...like peanut butter and chocolate. Which reminds me, I must find some ice cream after posting and pre napping.
So here are a few (Because, really? We ALL know I have a Children's Book Shopping Problem) of my faves, in no particular order. I hope this is what you were looking for!! (Click the images for links.)
(Keep in mind I taught the small fries in first and second grades.)
I mean, no brainer, right? Although I have to say I miss the days before every child had seen that fairly odd Johnny Depp version because it's so much better when they use their imaginations...
I am also a closeted Junie B. Jones lover. Talk about hilarious...my kids almost wet themselves laughing at these perfect End Of The Day bite sized chapters. And talk about a great illustration of the use of voice in a written text!
I am also a big fan of Willimena...girlfriend is pretty funny. Her books are a great introduction to the chapter book experience.
I am seeing a theme here, now that I'm mid-way through this post. I have a thing for books with strong female characters...shall we yell out "Girl Power" now, or save it for later?
I am also obsessed with all things Strega Nona. I mean, I can't pass up the opportunity to use a bad Italian accent during a read aloud, can I? (Clearly, no, I can't. Just ask my friends.)
As a lover of teaching the arts and farts in class, this book is fan-tabulous. So many of my friends would be consumed with a fear of "messing up" their artwork, but this book usually seemed to do the trick.
Again, more with the whole Girl Power thing. I'm sorry, but Stephanie's commitment to being an individual rocks. Period.
I feel like I mention this book every chance at get. And at every workshop that I lead. I should just get a Team Munsch T-shirt and call it a day.
Girls who play in the junkyard? Girls who have killer imaginations? Girls who are unafraid to be individuals? Yes, please.
Besides clearly being obsessed with books about Girl Power, I also have a thing for books about unlikely friendships. Don't ask me why, just go with it. This book is just fabulous.
More unlikely friendships. Except bring a Kleenex for this one. I always cry at the end...like I don't see it coming year after year.
I think that's enough for now. If you're still with me and reading, you deserve a virtual high five...or at least a cocktail. Have one for me too.