I don’t know about you but I LOVE the local library. So many fun memories were made at the library and participating in summer reading programs from my childhood. Of course, this was back when dial up was just becoming a thing in the average computer users home and iPads weren’t even a concept. Even in this tech age, I hope to foster a love of reading in my children.
Let me tell you it was hard for awhile after college to renew my own love of reading. All I wanted to do to relax was watch TV or scroll through social media on my phone. Though there is a time and a place for those things, I can now say again that I would honestly rather curl up with a good book (and a cup of coffee, of course) any day.
I truly believe that this is thanks to the library again being a part of my life with kids. I mean, if there is a book lover anywhere inside of you, I don’t think that you can not get at least a little inspired inside a building full of books.
The boys and I try to hit up our local library 3-4 times per month and I thought it would be fun to share our finds here. For one thing, I’d like to keep myself accountable to actually reading the children’s books that we find. Also, this way you can know what to look for at the library and I will have already weeded out the duds for you! Click on the titles or images to read a more in depth description on Amazon.
Library Finds | Children’s Books
We cannot get enough of lego books. The boys will sit and look at them forever AND Greyson is always so inspired to create! We own The LEGO Ideas Book and The LEGO Movie: The Essential Guide. This time we borrowed 365 Things to do with LEGO Bricks, LEGO City Build Your Own Adventure, and Awesome LEGO Creations with Bricks You Already Have.
Life in the Wild Series by Nicholas Oldland
We found Making the Moose Out of Life, Big Bear Hug, The Busy Beaver, and Walking on the Wild Side at the Library this week. The boys thought these books were hysterical! I love that these books were short and sweet but packed in a good whimsical story. We will definitely be looking for the fifth book in the series titled, Up a Creek.
The Octonauts by Meomi
Do your kids love Octonauts as much as mine do? I am amazed at how much they have learned from watching it. We found the two titles The Octonauts & The Great Ghost Reef and The Octonauts & the See of Shade. The boys, of course, loved these books!
Race from A to Z by Jon Scieszka
Greyson picked this one out. The boys found this one entertaining, but the artwork and layout of the text was a little busy for me. Of course, wherever racing and vehicles are involved my guys are in!
Dino-Football by Lisa Wheeler
This book was surprisingly detailed in describing the game in legit football verbage. It went a little over my boy’s heads but would be great for a dinosaur/football fan!
The Dinosaur Who Lived in My Backyard by B.G. Hennessy
My sweet little Greyson selected this title for his little brother since Hen loves dinosaurs right now. Though I caught on right away, I don’t think that the boys ever realized that the narrator was imagining a dinosaur living there before they were extinct. Haha!
The Wolf The Duck & The Mouse by Mac Barnett
The boys liked this whimsical tale and the illustrations are adorable.
I Will Not Read this Book by Cece Meng
I mainly picked up this book because of the title. There may or may not be a stubborn 5 year old who can read but won’t living under my roof. Haha! This book did not disappoint and my stubborn 5 year old got a laugh out of it.
Hands Say Love by George Shannon
By reading this book you will be gently reminded that even little, busy hands are showing love. It is such a sweet reminder that these busy days with littles they are showing their love as only they can.
I love sharing books with the boys about injustice and influential women. I want to cultivate in their hearts the desire for a world in which there is equality in gender and race. I think to desire that they have to have an understanding of how far we’ve come and see that we are still not where we are supposed to be. The books below speak to that goal.
Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange
The artwork in this book by Kadir Nelson is stunning and the message is great. I think that if I had gone into it knowing that it was written as poetry, I would have had more appreciation for the writing style. Instead, I found this book hard to read because there was little punctuation.
Freedom’s School by Lesa Cline-Ransome
This book sheds light on the fact that the fight for freedom wasn’t over once slavery was abolished. The most telling line in the book is “‘Cause we both knew that halfway to freedom feels like no freedom at all.” It seems that this is still the cry of many in our society today.
Before She was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Goodness, what an example of a woman that was strong and brave! There had to have been times that she was afraid, but still she stepped forward in faith and did what she knew was right.
My Unlce Martin’s Big Heart by Angela Farris Watkins, PHD
The author is the neice of MLK Jr and it was neat to see her perspective of him as quite the family man. It is empowering and inspiring to see that even the biggest world-changers are just regular people too.
The Kid from diamond street The extraordinary story of baseball legend Edith Houghton by Audrey Vernick
If you weren’t aware, there are a few baseball fans in our house. This book is about Edith Houghton, who started playing professional baseball against grown men at the age of 10! It goes to show that age and gender should never hold you back from pursuing your dreams.
Library Finds | Books for Me
The Joy of Less by Francine Jay
If you have been following along on Instagram, I have been talking about how I want to minimize things in our home so that we have more time for the things that matter. A few years ago, I enjoyed reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I even decluttered a decent amount of things, but it was shortlived. This time around I am commited to a simpler life and I’m excited to read another take on the process of minimalizing.
The Mask of Masculinity by Lewis Howes
This one has been on my radar the past few weeks. It is recommended for both men and women to gain understanding of the fight for genuine masculinity in today’s culture. I hope to dive into this one soon.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
If I’m being real with you, there are many areas of my life where I am not the most effective person. I am hoping to gain some insight so that I can better provide value to those around me.
Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter without Me by Paula Begoun
As you may know, I am a big fan of makeup. Haha! This book gives a mini review of hundreds of products on the market and such a great resource!
I hope that you guys enjoyed this! Have you read any of these? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Also, comment your top 3 favorite books (children’s or adult) so we can check them out!!
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