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Reading Time Tuesday

Mason has been bringing us books to read more and more often, or sitting down to look through books himself, which just really warms my heart. I want to raise a child who is kind, loves animals, and loves to read. I know way less men who like to read compared to women, so I want to be as proactive as we can to encourage a love of reading from day one!

His favorite books right now are his Frosty the Snowman book from Auntie Sarah (It’s a great mix of music and him being able to point and say ‘No Man!” at every page) and his Stop Train Stop book. I’ve brought home other Thomas books for him (since it’s the choo choos that seem to catch his eye) but he always goes back to Stop Train Stop

This week we focused on birthday books since it was SuperDad’s birthday – How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday and Happy Birthday Little Pookie being the favorites. We also checked out the Usborn book Birthday that just shows a bunch of pictures of different birthday items (cake, candle, hat, etc) but he’s not too interested in that. Maybe because there are no lamps?

Our theme next week will be Valentine’s Day. I love having a theme because it helps us mix things up and not read the same books again and again.

As for me, I haven’t been reading nearly enough lately. I challenged myself to read 104 books in 2012 (I BARELY eeked by my 100 book goal last year) and I’m currently 3 books behind. But that’s because I’m in the middle of 8 books right now, which is ridiculous as it sounds. I need to stop reading books that only mildly keep my interest. Water for Elephants and Snowflower and the Secret Fan were the best two books I’ve read recently. I’m about to finish What Came First by Carol Snow and am excited to delve more into Husband and Wife by Leah Stewart. As always, you can check out my book lists on Goodreads.

So, what are you guys reading? What books are your little ones loving?

This time last year – First Shopping Cart Ride

What We’ve Been Reading

It’s been quite a while since we’ve done one of these updates, so since Colleen pointed me towards a great new linky, I figured it was about time to update again.

First off, we’re loving having the opportunity to use Book Order at Daycare (remember that in school?!!?) My mom never let me order anything from Book Order when I was in school, so I’m probably going a bit crazy ordering stuff for Mason right now, but hey, at $1 a book for some of them, it can’t hurt!

Our upcoming bounty includes 10 Trick or Treaters, The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, Happy Halloween, Mittens, Acorns Everywhere, and Apple Trouble. When I worked at the bookstore last week, I couldn’t resist getting him the newest How Do Dinosaurs book – How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? I just love this series and read it to him all the time! I also picked up Clifford’s Halloween, since Clifford was my favorite (along with Curious George) when I was a kid. The books he’s currently seeking out the most are his big animals picture book, The Icky Sticky Ant Eater, and his beloved valentine bunnies book.  Like I mentioned last time, he loves to bring me a book, and then sit down and page through a different book while I read the one he brought me out loud.

As for me, I’m currently reading Whistling in the Dark by Leslie Kagen and not really liking it, but it’s come highly recommended by several people, so I’m trying to see it through (despite my new “If I am not interested by page 50, I quit” rule.) The last five books I’ve read include Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner, Family Ties by Danielle Steel, The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Caletti, What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen, and Two Kisses for Maddy by Matt Loglin.  Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is the best book I’ve read in the last few months. I’m 6 books away from my “75 books in 2011” goal, which I may or may not bump to 100, depending how brave I get. If you’re curious about what else I’ve been reading, go check out my GoodReads list

So, I’d love to hear what you guys are reading to your little ones and what you’re reading after they go to bed! What did you love? Hate? Tell me about it! And if you blog about reading, go link up!


This time last year – A Baby Visitor

Reading Time Thursday! (Update 5)

5 a day books

I recently read about the Five Books a Day Challenge and decided it sounded like a great idea. You read the same five books to your child(ren) every day to encourage familiarity. The original post on their challenge says “Choose 5 texts that are simple, short, appealing and which tap into whatever your child is interested in. Try and include at least two books that have rhyming text or a familiar, repeated refrain” and goes on to explain how once kids become familiar with the books, they really grow to love the characters and pictures.  I know how much I STILL love my favorite childhood book characters and I can’t wait for Mason to get excited about his favorites too!

So here is our first set of five books. We started two days ago!

This one rhymes and asks questions like “What animal says MOOOOooo” and you lift the flap to find out. Mason has previously LOVED lift the flap books, so I figured it would be a hit.

I LOVE the Dinosaur series! Rhyming and teaching important lessons? Awesome! Mason loves the pictures but doesn’t have a lot of patience with how “long” the story is.

This is one of those books that makes me feel like a totally Mommy Fail. I never was read this book as a kid so I wasn’t attached to it like most people are and I think the first time I read it to Mason was two weeks ago. Oops. Oh well, we’re making up for it now with DAILY reads!

And then I couldn’t find the other two books on Amazon – one is our old standard “Bunny Hugs” that we got for Valentine’s Day that has soft pettable bunnies on each page and very few words and the other is a new book that I just scored at a garage sale this weekend. It is a book about pets and it has four buttons on the bottom that you can press to hear the sounds. So the page says “What does the puppy say?” and has a big picture of the puppy and then we press the button and hear the puppy bark. Mason does a good job pressing the right button for the puppy and the parrot, but not so much for the gerbil and the kitty. LOL

So I’m looking forward to reporting back how much / if Mason’s response to these books have changed after daily reads. I’ll probably do it for a few more than five days because every now and then we miss a day. Oops.

As for Mommy Reads, this past week I’ve had a Kindle checked out from the library and while I didn’t expect to, I LOVED IT. No pages blowing in the wind when I sat outside and read with Joe the Greyhound. No wrestling with trying to eat with one hand and turn the page with the other while reading at my favorite little cafe. If I wasn’t too cheap to buy books (I NEVER buy books) I would buy a Kindle in a heartbeat. I’ll hopefully get to test drive a Nook in a few weeks and that DOES work with local libraries, so if it’s anything like the Kindle, I think I’ll have some new major gadget lust. LOL

Because I’ve read 19 books since our last update, I’ll summarize. I absolutely loved these books: Unfinished Business: One Man’s Extraordinary Year of Trying to Do the Right Things by Lee Kravitz, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon,  Letters From Home by Kristina McMorris, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Still Alice by Alice Genova (probably one of the best things I’ve read recently) and Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugten. The books that didn’t make the grade for me were  Mothers and Daughters by Rae Meadows, the 3rd Hunger Games book Swim Back to Me by Ann Packer, and Push by Sapphire. To see all the books I read in April and May, check out my Goodreads list.

So, what are you reading this month and what are you reading to your kids?

One Year Ago – Graduated to His Crib!

Reading Time Tuesday #4

It’s been a busy few weeks and while we haven’t been doing as much reading as I’d like, we’ve still been getting some reading done!

On my second library run for Mason, I picked up Pajama Time, There’s a Wocket in My Pocket, and Baby Talk. Pajama Time is an oversized book and he loves it, especially when SuperDad reads it to him! He enjoys staring at the faces in Baby Talk and was not at all impressed with the Wockets, even if they were in Pockets.

We also read a lot of Birthday Monsters (those mean mean monsters!) and just this weekend, Mason went over to his bookshelf, pulled down The Foot Book and threw it in my lap, which nearly made me cry from happiness, even though I’m sure it was a total fluke! Especially considering he didn’t stick around to HEAR it. But still, he gave me a book. Awwww!

Last Tuesday, he got sent home from daycare with a fever and I have to admit, I LOVED him being in that super cuddly “hold me mommy” mode because I totally took advantage and made him sit through 8 or 9 books.  Considering having him  get through more than 3 pages without wandering away is usually a struggle, it was sooo nice to read to a cuddly little baby.

His favorite book to page through continues to be his Bunny Hugs book (pictured) and he’s finally started flipping the pages in his electronic book to hear it talk instead of slamming it shut to hear Bye Bye! over and over! (Thank God!)

Mommy’s Reading Corner

With SuperDad’s help, I’ve been doing an AWESOME job making reading a priority lately. Since I last posted, I’ve read Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky (loved it),  Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult (really liked it), Save as Draft by Cavanaugh Lee (liked it),  Shadow Tag by Louise Erdlich (didn’t like it), Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury (loved it even though I totally didn’t realize I was in for a semi-religious book, oops), Rescue by Anita Shreve (liked it), Still Missing by Chevy Stevens (loved it and canot believe that this is her first book!), and Between Friends by Debbie Macomber. And yes, I read all of those in March. One weekend? I read four books!! OMG. I’m pretty sure nailing my 40 books in 2011 goal is going to be a piece of cake.  If you’re on GoodReads, shoot me a friend request

Anyway, what have you guys read this month? What have you loved? Hated? Been enjoying with your kids? I’d love to hear about it!

(The links above are 99% so you guys can see which book I’m referring to. They ARE affiliate links, but considering I’d make about 3 cents off each purchase, proceed with caution – go wild and you may fund Mason’s next can of puffs.)

Reading Time Tuesday #3

Unlike the massive failure of last week, this week went much better when it came to reading to Mason. Sure, a lot of times I was reading to a cute butt as it scooted out of my lap and after a cat or a random item on the floor, but books, they did get read!

We broke out Mason’s first experience with Thomas and read Stop, Train, Stop! a few times as well as some Dr. Suess with The Foot Book and we finally got to open his Valentine (we like to take pictures of such things and since he’s been Mr. Cra-bby lately, he hasn’t been up for a photoshoot. But since we finally got to open it, we discovered that Grandma B got him Bunny Hugs and he’s been in love with petting the bunnies.

We also opened up a Leap Frog talking book that he got for Christmas (yes, just this weekend since I didn’t feel he needed 234723 toys on December 26) and he’s had LOADS of fun slamming that shut so it says “Bye Bye!” a zillion times in a row.

I sent him to his slumber party at Grandma B’s house with Guess How Much I Love You in hopes that his grandparents read to him to since they spend (usually at our house) 4+ hours a week with him. Granted, I did discover my mother (Grandma J) “reading” the The Tale of Tom Kitten to Mason the other day – turning the pages and repeating Meow Meow Meow over and over again. Not quite what I had in mind…

Mommy’s Reading Corner

This week I finished Book 6 of my 40 in 40 challenge – Mennonite in a Little Black Dress. I almost didn’t finish this book – it really didn’t grab my interest until around page 55 or so and since I’ve drug out The Great Penguin Rescue for weeks now, I’m about to declare some sort of “If I’m not into it by X, I should stop reading it” rule. Anyone want to share their rule of thumb with me? I started A Dog’s Purpose yesterday and am about half way through with it and am really enjoying it. If I ever make a decision on whether to finish The Great Penguin Rescue, Keep the Change, I will be starting The Giver which I’ve always wanted to read, but The Infertile Nanny‘s recent raves on it have gotten it bumped up on my list.

(The links provided are totally affiliate links. They are there entirely for you to see what book I’m talking about and I have no hope anyone will actually buy anything from them, but hey, it can’t hurt, right? If you’d like your disclaimer to be humorous instead of boring like this one, please go read Cole’s instead.

Reading Time Tuesday #2

This week, I dropped the ball more on reading to Mason. Actually, I shouldn’t say that, I read him several books while he played on the other end of the room and basically ignored me, so I’m pretty sure that doesn’t count. Hmmpfh.

This week’s top reads were Barnyard Dance, Eight Silly Monkeys, and Guess How Much I Love You. The book slamming wasn’t bad this week but only because he was too busy trying to crawl away to slam them shut *sigh*

Mason also discovered how to pull up on his book shelf and knock down half a dozen books with one swoop of his arm. This wasn’t quite the book loving development I was looking for! This did allow him to find the adorable dog shaped book that his Auntie Sarah bought him last Easter and he has been having fun carrying that around!



As for me, I finished the 5th book in my 40 in 40 challenge – I read The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult. I have a serious love/hate relationship with Picoult books. They suck me in and I enjoy them up until the last chapter. I HATE her endings. It’s like she always picks the most outlandish thing to happen (usually the main character randomly tragically dying) and then says THE END. It just totally seems like a cop out way of ending the story. I’m still slogging through (probably a bad sign) The Great Penguin Rescue and just started Putting Away Childish Things last night.

Geez, look at that… If I was half as good as reading to Mason as I have become reading to myself, we’d be in business!

So, what did you guys read to your little ones or by yourself this week? And if you didn’t join us last week – what are some of your favorite books to read with your little one??

Reading Time Tuesday

One of the things that I intended to do the second I got pregnant was read to my child every single day no matter what. Unfortunately, that hasn’t come close to happening! First it was “Well, if he’s in my lap, he’s sleeping and I don’t want to wake him up” and then it was “Hmm, he is not paying the least bit of attention and I might as well read my own book” (mom fail, I know) and now it’s “Oh my gosh, stop crying because I won’t let you stop the book shut on my fingers!!” but despite the newfound struggle, I’m definitely making a better effort!

I figured posting about what we’re reading every week will help hold me accountable and give me that extra bit of motivation I need to win the battle of wills! I also figured I could sneak in some of my own reading stuff in here since lately, I’ve been tempted to start another blog just so I could talk about it! Nope, I’ll throw it in here with Mason’s adventures.

So to start us out, let me tell you about Mason’s favorite book – it’s a board book by John Deere about tractors. It has pages that flip open to become even longer and he LOVES it. It’s really the only book he amuses himself with for more than a few minutes at a time and he smiles huge when anyone reads it to him! He loves it so much that he even ripped one of the flaps off (*sigh*) and drags it around the house with him (soooooo cute!!) I really must get a picture of this soon!

His other favorite books are 1, 2, 3 which he won in a giveaway his buddy, Cole, hosted,

The book Brown Bear, Brown Bear he really loves to look at by himself, but without fail,  he slams the book shut after about three pages when I try to read it to him. He also loves to flip the pages in a foam book about a friendly turtle. I picked up a whole series of simple foam books right before Christmas and they are all a hit, but not as much as the turtle book!

This week, we introduced Goodnight Moon (haven’t been able to finish without him yanking it out of my hands unfortunately) and Horns to Toes and In Between (I didn’t much care for this one). We also re- read Oh My Oh My Oh My Dinosaurs and Barnyard Dance. I’m a huge Sandra Boynton fan if you can’t tell!!

Mason’s Mom’s Reading Corner

As for me, I realized in mid-January that last year, I read less  the entire year than I use to  read in month or two. I realize that the reason for a lot of that was  “Hello, tiny little newborn to care for!” but the other part of it was that I was spending ALLL of my downtime blogging and reading blogs. Which is awesome… but I miss reading books. So I declared that in 2011, I would read 40 books. Less than a book a week, but still a challenge (to this new “chasing a wee man around” lifestyle around anyway!) I’m calling it 40 books in 40 weeks, even though I have till the end of the year to accomplish my goal. I get 12 weeks of maternity leave, right? LOL

Since beginning my challenge, I’ve read four books and am in the middle of three others  Yes, I’m one of those annoying multi-tasking reader people. I read Life’s Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets by Lisa Quinn, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, and last night I finished The Cheapskate Next Door by Jeff Yeager.  The book that I’ll probably finish next is The Great Penguin Rescue by Dyan DeNapoli.

I’m totally loving having this goal for myself. It forces me to take more time for myself and unplug and relax. And I think that deciding to dedicate most Tuesdays to Mason’s reading updates will really help me realize that as he’s trying to maim me with the board books, I need to soldier through because I want him to love reading like I do! Future updates shouldn’t be so long and wordy, but I had to get you all caught up to date, right!?

So tell me, what are you reading with your little ones? And what are you reading when they’re sleeping? I’d love to know!

*The links are not affiliate links because I was too lazy to do so. Maybe next time!*