The Week In Books 2008, No. 2

Babies Need Books: Sharing the Joy of Books with Children from Birth to Sixis a wonderful exposition of the importance of reading to children, and also a great reference for books you might like to read to your child at different ages complete with short descriptions of the strengths of each recommendation. Perhaps because Dorothy Butler is from New Zealand, or perhaps because the edition of this book that our library has is 10 years old, I was sad to find that many of the recommended books I wanted to check out were unavailable at the IMCPL. After reading Butler’s descriptions of the books, I was so disappointed to have to miss out on them! However, I did put a large number on hold and I’m looking forward to reading them to the kids. This book does a great job of explaining the how and why of reading to children of different ages, and also covers topics like why it’s important to read good quality books, nursery rhymes, poetry, and the like to even the smallest kids.

Before Five in a Row by Jane Claire Lambert is a book of ideas parents can use to get more out of reading books with small children. Each section covers one recommended book, and gives suggestions for activities that might relate to that book, ranging from games to songs to crafts. This book gave me some more children’s books to add to our “to read” list for the kids, and gave me an idea of how to tie activities in to books we read.

Like Deceptively Delicious
, which I reviewed previously, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals
is a cookbook that deals with how to get your family to eat healthy things without knowing it. This book is a little less daring than “Deceptively Delicious” but there were a few recipes I plan to try out.

Currently Reading:
Genesis, Psalms, Proverbs, Matthew, Acts
“Passionate Housewives Desperate for God” by Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald
“Lost Women of the Bible” by Carolyn Custis James
“Men and Women in the Church” by Sarah Sumner

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