Loving the Gigi d’Agostino mix of In My Mind.
I’ve been reading to Isla for about four years now. Every night. It’s one of the most effortless parts of parenting for me. The kids are happy, and I’m happy. Reading kids books, the picture books, can make me a little crazy. I don’t mind the good ones (Ox Cart Man, The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, Make Way for Ducklings, etc.) but the lame ones are just horrid. Chapter books, though. I love them. The kids are still letting me pick, and I’ve been picking ALL my childhood favorites. I wanted to make a list, so here goes.
Surprise Island (Boxcare Children #2), The BFG, Stuart Little, Where The Mountain Meets the Moon, Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories (I can’t recommend this one), The Moffats, Abel’s Island, Strawberry Girl, Island of Blue Dolphins, Caddie Woodlawn (twice), The Secret Garden*, Over Sea Under Stone, Heidi*, The Trumpet of the Swan, The Family Under the Bridge, Betsy-Tacy, Little House on the Prairie* (thrice), Pippi Longstocking, Little House in the Big Woods* (twice), Fantastic Mr. Fox, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Winnie-the-Pooh, Danger in Ancient Rome, Rescue on the Oregon Trail, Charlotte’s Web (twice), James and the Giant Peach, The Tale of Despereaux, The First Four Years, Those Happy Golden Years, Little Town on the Prairie* (twice), The Long Winter (twice), By The Shores of Silver Lake (twice), On The Banks of Plum Creek* (twice), Matilda*, Anne of Green Gables*, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
I may have missed one or two, but that’s the bulk of them. 45 readings of 36 books. There are still a good few I want to read. A Little Princess. Joan Aiken’s series, including my favorite, The Stolen Lake. Maybe James Herriot. Little Women. What am I forgetting? I finally bought the first four of The Magic Treehouse, mainly to appeal to Briony. I’ve actually read her a few Amelia Bedelia. She’s been slower than Isla to take to the chapter books. Isla loved LHOTP at age 2, whereas Bri is only really now having the patience and vocabulary to appreciate them at age 4. Anyway, I thought the treehouse books might appeal to her.
I can see Isla’s reading comprehension growing by leaps and bounds these days. Whereas before she definitely missed a lot of subtleties (in the early days, she missed a lot of important story points, never mind the subtleties), she follows the story much more closely these days. Bri still misses a lot, but she seems to enjoy listening anyway.