The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.
It is no secret that my kids and I love to read, and I hope the same is true for you and your families. I”m a former bookseller and I”m a lifelong book lover, as is my husband. It is one of the traits I”m happiest has passed on to my children.
Reading to my children is one of my favorite ways to spend time with them, especially if the book is clever and fun.
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I look forward to highlighting some of my favorite reads and sharing our new discoveries with you.
This month I wanted to share with you a book that is a new one on our bookshelf: Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett.
I first heard about this book when it was recommended to me by another mom who knows that I love knitting and can”t resist children”s books about the craft. She knew it would be a book after my own heart, and she was right.
Extra Yarn is a story about Annabelle, who finds a box of yarn that turns out to be rather amazing.
Annabelle finds the box and knits and knits (and knits!) from the yarn.
“And even after she”d made a sweater for Nate and his dog, and for herself and for Mars, she still had extra yarn.”
She keeps knitting when people tell her she can”t, she keeps knitting when people tease her, she keeps knitting when people doubt her, and when someone tries to take the box of yarn away from her, well … I won”t give away the ending, but it doesn”t stop Annabelle.
Jon Klassen”s illustrations are the perfect accent to the story, changing from bleak and stark to the lovely, bright, yarn covered world the main character creates from the seemingly endless box of yarn.
The message of the book might have been just a bit over the head of my three year old, but she asked to read it several times and loved looking at the illustrations.
My five year and my ten year olds loved it and understood the message loud and clear – “She never stops mom, and she is smiling.“
Have you and your kids read any good books lately?