Monday, January 31, 2011

Brayden's books of the month- January edition

Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton is so cute. Really. I just love anything Sandra Boynton does. She is like the queen of board books. I really need to make a video of me reading it to Brayden, because it's such a fun experience. As soon as I say "Three singing pigs say la la la" he starts saying "No, No" which is of course the next line. I think things like that in books are good for toddlers, and later for children, because they get a boost of self-worth knowing that they were right.

Peek-A Who? by Nina Laden has been in our pile of frequent reads for months now. He just loves it! I'm sure it's a favorite for most toddlers because of the mirror at the end. He loves seeing the owl and the cow and shouting "Boo," but he just knows the best is yet to come. And when we get to the mirror, he puts his face up close to it with a huge smile on his face.

Time for Bed by Mem Fox is, at the moment, Brayden's favorite bedtime story. He goes back and forth between this and Goodnight Moon, but lately this has been his pick. He just loves animals. He usually says either the name of the animal as we get to the page or the sound the animal makes. It's very soothing to read with the rhyme, which I really like.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Who is the Library Showgirl?

My name is Megan and I am addicted to reading. Seriously. Ask anyone who knows me in real life. My parents, while they supported my reading habit, got sick of me taking a book everywhere. I used to get in trouble in my high school honors English class for reading too much in class. And now, I will just say that my husband lovingly tolerates my habit by saying nothing (usually) about the library fine charges and Amazon charges that happen to show up on our account on a regular basis. We have a wonderful toddler named Brayden. I have loved introducing him to the magic of reading, even if it means reading the same board book ten times in a row.

My three favorite books are To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. My favorite genres are young adult fiction and non-fiction. I have pretty diverse reading tastes, however, and will try almost anything. I'll also be sharing some of the books my son enjoys.

And now to what you really want to know: where do I get the audacity to call myself a "library showgirl?" Well, I will tell you. To make a long story short, my bank gave me that title. Yes, my bank. My husband and I were closing on a real estate loan. Closing involves signing paper after paper after paper. We had basically stopped looking at what we were signing after the 20th form. For all I know, we were signing our lives away to the devil. As another paper got passed to me and I started signing, I noticed the line above my signature had my occupation listed as a "library showgirl." I burst out laughing, and everyone there- Adam, our realtor, and the man from the title company, all looked at me with a puzzled look. Once I showed everyone, we all had a good laugh and joked about "what really goes on at libraries" and how "there must be a secret room or basement." I still have no idea how that happened, but I am glad to take on the title and "show" you some wonderful books.

Find me on Goodreads
Find me on Twitter