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This week, I introduced my four-year-old to Sergei Prokofiev's PETER AND THE WOLF using the picture book adaptation illustrated by Erna Voigt (1979). Shown here is my favorite illustration, the first one of the book, which introduces each character and the instrument that represents him in the score. My daughter was a little bit afraid of the wolf, but she enjoyed reading the book (which includes the music for each character's main theme) and listening to the recording of David Bowie telling the story with the Philadelphia Orchestra. (We also watched the Disney cartoon, but it was not nearly as good as I remembered, and changed all the details of the story. I won't show it again when I introduce Prokofiev to my younger two girls.) 👱 🐺📯🎻🥁🎵 #peterandthewolf #sergeiprokofiev #ernavoigt #preschoolmusic #kidsbookstagram #bookstagramjr #kidlit #picturebooks #homeschoolpreschool #preschoolathome #musicforkids #musicbooks #kidsbooks #booksforkids #readtome #readaloud #raisingreaders #readathomemom

My four-year-old early reader chose this 1972 I Can Read Book to read aloud to the baby during some quiet time this morning. COWBOYS: WHAT DO THEY DO? is written by Carla Greene and illustrated by Leonard Kessler, and it gives kids information about real live cowboys and shows how they differ from TV and movie cowboys. My daughter was mostly curious about the branding of cows, and the fact that rustlers might alter a brand in order to hide the fact that they'd stolen a cow. She was also fascinated by the cows stampeding in a thunderstorm and made her baby sister jump with her loud reading of the "R-roar! Flash! Flash!" of the thunder and lightning. After naptime, I took out our bendable cowboy figures so she could play out some of the things she saw in the book. 🐄🤠🐎 #icanread #beginningreader #easyreaders #earlyreader #cowboyswhatdotheydo #carlagreene #leonardkessler #kidlit #booksforkids #childrenslit #cowboys #raisingreaders #newreader #earlyliteracy #literacy #bookcover #bookstagram #kidsbookstagram #readathomemom

For today's #BoutofBooks challenge, here 's a preview of Tuesday's blog post, which will list all my reading goals for 2018!
#readathon #readinggoals #2018goals #amreading #readersofinstagram #bookstagram #bookish #booksbooksbooks #goodreads #igreads #readathomemom

Last year I set a challenge goal of 800 books, knowing that I would include not just novels but board books, picture books, and books for beginning readers as well. This year, I've decided to take it a little easier. I'll probably still read a lot of very short kids' books so I didn't want to aim too low and make it too easy, so I finally settled for 500. If it seems like I'm way ahead by the middle of the year, I can always increase it!

#booknerdkate2018 #goodreadschallenge #readersofinstagram #readinggoals #readingresolutions #igreads #readathomemom

This year, I've decided to try keeping a bullet journal. I have limited artistic skills, which kept me from starting one before now, but I've decided to just do what I can and focus on using the journal for organization and memory-keeping. I used to keep a daily journal when I was in high school and college, and that made it easy to keep track of the major events of my life and when they took place. Now that I don't do that anymore, I feel like a lot of memories are lost unless I happen to post them to social media and they turn up on Timehop a year later. So I am using a big blank book I've had hanging around for probably ten years, the crayons my mother-in-law gave the kids for Christmas and an old box of colored pencils that desperately need sharpening, and I'm ready to jump in and see how it goes. I'm planning to track daily tasks and important events, as well as important days of the liturgical year, my reading challenges, and the books I read, but I will also include occasional short paragraphs documenting important ideas, moments, and memories.
Swipe to see samples from a few of my pages: key, 2018 future log, reading challenges tracker, list of books read in 2018, blogging ideas, and my first weekly spread of the year.

#bujo #bulletjournal #bulletjournaling #journaling #planning #organization #newyear #bujonewbie #newyearsresolution #2018 #happynewyear #notanartist #momlife #readathomemom

After the final count, the official total of books I read in 2017 is 824 (roughly 5% board books, 45% picture books, 21% easy readers, 5% chapter books, 14% middle grade, 2% YA, and 8% adult books). The titles shown here (and listed below, by category) were my favorites.

NEW KIDLIT: Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Brian Floca ; Eugenia Lincoln and the Unexpected Package by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen ; The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser ; Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford ; Slider by Pete Hautman ; Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk.

OLD SCHOOL KIDLIT : When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson ; Those Miller Girls! by Alberta Wilson Constant ; The Haunting by Margaret Mahy ; The Crow and the Castle by Keith Robertson; Where the Lilies Bloom by Vera and Bill Cleaver.

BOOKS FOR ADULTS : Gates of Excellence by Katherine Paterson ; Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence ; Still Life by Louise Penny ; Life Under Compulsion: Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child by Anthony Esolen; Real Murders by Charlaine Harris ; The Deep End by Julie Mulhern ; All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot.
#bookstagram #goodreads #kidsbookstagram #booknerd #bestbooks #favoritebooks #booksoftheyear #kidlit #bookish #booksbooksbooks #raisingreaders #igreads #readersofinstagram #reading #readabook #reader #bookrecommendations #recommendedreading #readathomemom

Here's a slideshow of all the books that came into our house as Christmas gifts today:
1. For Little Jumping Joan (9 weeks): WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD illustrated by Tim Hopgood; HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE (Indestructible Book) by Jonas Sickler 📚

2. For Little Bo Peep (age 2): THE SANTA SHIMMY by Christianne C. Jones; THE NUTCRACKER (Babylit book) by Jennifer Adams, illustrated by Alison Oliver 📚
3. For Little Miss Muffet (age 4): DICK AND JANE STORYBOOK COLLECTION; THE 50 STATES by Gabrielle Balkan; KATIE'S PICTURE SHOW by James Mayhew 📚
4. For Little Miss Muffet (continued): THE FABULOUS BOOK OF PAPER DOLLS; THE JOLLY CHRISTMAS POSTMAN by Janet & Allan Ahlberg; BUSYBODY NORA by Johanna Hurwitz; THE REINDEER DANCE by Christianne C. Jones; THE NUTCRACKER (Cozy Classics) by Jack Wang and Holman Wang 📚
5. For Me: DOES ANYBODY CARE ABOUT LOU EMMA MILLER? by Alberta Wilson Constant, BOOKMAN DEAD STYLE by Paige Shelton; CATHOLIC CHILDREN'S TREASURE BOX by Maryknoll Sisters 📚
6. The copy of DOES ANYBODY CARE ABOUT LOU EMMA MILLER? that my husband found was signed! We're not Methodist, but I find the inscription amusing anyway. (And this book is so hard to find - this was a great gift!) 📚
#bookstagram #bookhaul #christmasgifts #christmas2017 #kidsbookstagram #igreads #readersofinstagram #read #reading #books #goodreads #readtome #readaloud #amreading #kidlit #booksbooksbooks #booknerd #readathomemom

My two-year-old loves any picture book that involves singing, so it's fortunate that we have so many in our basket of Christmas books! This Advent, her favorite books have been THE HURON CAROL illustrated by Ian Wallace, THE FRIENDLY BEASTS illustrated by Tomie DePaola (which we borrowed from the library), and BRING A TORCH, JEANETTE, ISABELLA illustrated by Adrienne Adams. I especially like these editions because they include the music. For some reason, I can never remember the tune to the Huron Carol, and before this year, I didn't know the tune for The Friendly Beasts at all!
#christmasbooks #advent2017 #christmascarols #christmasmusic #singablebooks #picturebooks #singalong #huroncarol #ianwallace #friendlybeasts #tomiedepaola #bringatorchjeanetteisabella #adrienneadams #bookcovers #music #kidsbookstagram #kidlit #readathomemom

Has anyone else read my favorite holiday book, THE UNLIKELY ROMANCE OF KATE BJORKMAN? Set during the Christmas season, it's the story of seventeen-year-old Kate who is writing a romance novel based on her relationship with her new boyfriend, Richard, who is her brother Bjorn's childhood best friend. Each chapter reveals another episode in their road to romance, and every so often, Kate interjects with revision notes that comment on what she feels has been left out of the main text. Subplots involve Kate's brother's marital troubles with new wife Trish, the impending death of Kate's former English teacher, Mr. Midgely, and the disintegration of Kate's toxic friendship with her best friend, Ashley. The coziness of the Christmas setting and sweetness of the romance have always put me in a festive mood, and as you can see, the paperback copy I bought when I was 16 years old has been ready many times over since then. 🎄❄📖❤ #theunlikelyromanceofkatebjorkman #louiseplummer #christmasbooks #yalit #90s #teenromance #amreading #currentlyreading #favoritebooks #childhoodmemories #kidlit #bookstagram #readersofinstagram #igreads #kidsbookstagram #paperbacks #bookcover #readathomemom

When I was a kid, in addition to meeting Santa, the Christmas season also always included a visit to Eggbert at Devitts Nursery in New Windsor, NY. Eggbert is an animatronic egg made of plexiglas who sits on a throne and chats with visitors about what they'd like for Christmas, and then passes their wishes on to Santa Claus. With the help of a mirror, the person playing the voice of Eggbert is able to read the nametag of each visitor, thereby enabling him to greet each person by name. Little kids, caught up in the magic of the experience, invariably walked out of Devitts saying in wonderment, "How did he know my name?" Everyone also went home with an Eggbert ornament, the ears and nose of which frequently broke off and had to be glued back on. Eggbert was retired around the time I went to college, but has since made a comeback. I haven't made it up to New York at  Christmastime since I've had kids, but we're keeping the tradition alive with our own Eggbert ornament and EGGBERT'S CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM by Laura Ann Smith and Patty Deyo, a fun book describing the Eggbert experience through the eyes of a child. 🎄🥚 #eggbert #devitts #devittsnursery #hudsonvalley #newyork #newwindsorny #kidlit #picturebook #christmas #christmasornament #childhoodmemories #eggbertschristmasonthefarm #lauraannsmith #pattydeyo #christmasmemories #howdidheknowmyname #talkingegg #christmasegg #christmastraditions #readtome #raisingreaders #readaloud #readathomemom

I only have to read 24 more books to reach my Goodreads challenge goal of 800 books for the year. Some of these will be picture books (I count everything, that's why my goal is so high) but I also borrowed these from the library to read in the next 2 weeks. Hoping I might even get through one of the chapter books tonight!

#tbr #goodreadschallenge #goodreads #igreads #libraryhaul #librarybooks #amreading #readersofinstagram #readingaddict #toreadpile #bookstagram #kidsbookstagram #booknerd #bookaddict #pileofbooks #onmylibrarycard #readathomemom

BIG MACHINES: THE STORY OF VIRGINIA LEE BURTON, written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by John Rocco, is the best picture book I read in 2017 and maybe the best picture book biography I have ever read. With a strong emphasis on Burton's relationship with her two sons, this book tells the story behind each of her most famous books including Choo Choo 🚂, Katy and the Big Snow ❄, The Little House 🏡, and Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel. This illustration, of Burton herself standing inside The Little House as she finishes drawing it is my favorite in the book, and it highlights how perfectly Rocco captures Burton's style while also adding his own flair to each page. (Swipe for the cover and endpapers, which are also fantastic.) This book is going back to the library tomorrow, but I'm sure it won't be the last time it visits our house!
#picturebooks #nonfiction #biography #picturebookbiography #kidlit #virginialeeburton #bigmachines #sherriduskeyrinker #johnrocco #favoritebooks #bookstagram #kidsbookstagram #bookstagramjr #readtome #readaloud #amreading #readersofinstagram #raisingreaders #librarybooks #readathomemom

We're doing a little holiday baking this morning. While the cookies are in the oven, I'm reading aloud from one of my favorite seasonal picture books: CHRISTMAS IN NOISY VILLAGE by Astrid Lindgren and Ilon Wikland. I love the charming illustrations and can't wait to read more about these characters in THE CHILDREN OF NOISY VILLAGE, which is on my 2018 to-read list. 🎄🎄🎄 #kidlit #christmasinnoisyvillage #astridlindgren #ilonwikland #picturebooks #christmas #christmasbooks #readaloud #amreading #raisingreaders #bookstagramjr #kidsbookstagram #bookstagram #readersofinstagram #baking #illustration #readathomemom

Today we celebrated the feast day of St. Lucy with a read-aloud and craft. HANNA'S CHRISTMAS by Melissa Peterson (aka Melissa Wiley) is a story about a young girl who is trying to adjust to life in the US after moving from Sweden just before Christmas. She is convinced there will be no St. Lucia celebration now that she has left home until a package from her grandmother arrives and a tomten pops out! With the tomten's help, Hanna figures out how she can bring old traditions into her family's new life. As Hanna does in the book, we used construction paper to make our own St. Lucia crowns. 🕯🕯🕯🕯 (This book is out of print but Melissa Wiley has posted a video of herself reading the book on YouTube which is a great substitute for the real thing.)📚 #kidlit #raisingreaders_light #picturebooks #melissapeterson #melissawiley #melissaiwai #liturgicalyear #liturgicalliving #catholic #catholicfamily #catholicmom #advent2017 #advent #raisingreaders #readaloud #kidcrafts #homeschoolpreschool #preschoolathome #readathomemom

My four-year-old and I have been slowly reading NATURE'S DAY (2016) by Kay Maguire and Danielle Kroll together over the past couple of weeks. There are four sections - one for each season - and each section includes information about the backyard, the veg garden, the woods, the farm, the fields, the pond, the orchard, and the street. Today we finished the winter section, which concludes with this Christmassy street scene that looks a little bit like our neighborhood today as we experience our first (very light) snow of the season. (Swipe for the second page of the spread and the cover of the book.) 🎄❄☃ @quartokids #wideyed #naturesday #kaymaguire #daniellekroll #picturebooks #seasons #nature #weather #winter #snow #snowday #twinklinglights #raisingreaders_light #christmas #kidlit #preschoolscience #homeschoolpreschool #readaloud #readtome #amreading #bookstagram #bookstagramjr #kidsbookstagram #readersofinstagram #readathomemom

"The snow came down gently at first, as if testing out its welcome.  To the children, the first snow was always an exciting thing. The rigors of the previous winter forgotten, they thought only of the wonder and novelty of the falling white flakes. They ran and danced in it, they held up their hands and tried to catch it, they let the wind blow it into their upturned faces. Even after they came indoors, they could not forget it." -PRAIRIE SCHOOL (1951), written and illustrated by Lois Lenski ❄⛄🌨 #prairieschool #loislenski #1950s #kidlit #regionalstories #winterstories #oldschoolkidlit2017 #readtome #readersofinstagram #snow #firstsnow #winter #illustration #openlibrary #internetarchive #oldschoolkidlit #vintagekidlit #bookstagram #kidsbookstagram #igreads #goodreads #bookish #booknerd #readathomemom

I am happy to announce that I will be hosting the Old School Kidlit Reading Challenge on my blog for the second time in 2018! I hope some of my fellow #bookstagrammers will join me in reading some great #kidlit books from decades past.
Here is how to participate: 1) Set a goal for the number of "old school" books you want to read in 2018. 2) Comment to the challenge post on my blog (#linkinprofile) with your goal number and a link to wherever you will post about the books you read (your blog, a Goodreads shelf, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) 3) Check in at the end of each month with a list of what you've read and links to any reviews you have posted.

Guidelines: 📚 A book is considered "old school" if it was published in the decade of your birth or before. 📚 There are no monthly themes this year - read whatever you like! 📚 You can join the challenge at any time during the year. 📚 When you post on social media, tag your posts with #OldSchoolKidlit2018. 📚  Help promote the challenge by sharing it with your friends!
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