Charles Kuralt’s Spring by Charles Kuralt

This audio book is such a pleasure to listen to. Charles Kuralt’s voice is just like listening to Dad tell you stories at bed time. This is a wonderful collection of springtime stories from around the states. It was particularly touching, as some of the locations are places I’ve lived, and I could feel the spring just as if I were there.

This is a light listen, only an hour long, but well worth the time!

A Children’s Treasury of Mythology by Margaret Evans Price

I have had so much fun reading this book, one story at a time, to my little girl for bed time. She laughs at my pronunciation of the names, and asks questions about the stories and few pictures included. I hope that she stays interested in the classic nature of these stories. This translation is a simplified version, which is a great introduction for young children.

The Crunching Munching Caterpillar by Sheridan Cain and Jack Tickle

Innocent envy. The caterpillar is always hungry; growing and growing. He wants the wings of the bird, the freedom to fly. He dreams a long dream and wakes up as a beautiful butterfly!

This was presented in a good way, for appreciating the traits of others and growing into the person you want to be someday… even if that takes a little time.

The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury

Find in catalogOh My, this was a fun book! Another treasure from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Foundation collection. My daughter loves receiving a book in the mail every month and is so excited to open it and see what the story is.

All the big animals are scared of the Giant Jumperee, but not Mama Frog. (The eye roll is so precious) There are many actions to play out while reading and the story is great! Even the smallest creature can be big if they believe.

Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates

Find in catalog“But most of all, He loves to share [books].”

I love reading to my daughter, which is good, because that is most of the reading I do these days. This book is such fun, because it shows kids how you can use books to keep you occupied, go on adventures, meet new people, and really dive into a book. I so hope that bookstores never disappear!

Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color by Julia Denos

Find in catalogThe artwork in this book is so beautiful. I love how the little girl finds colors in the rain, grass, and in between her kitten’s stripes. I think the story was important, about loving something enough to let it go.
My daughter has enjoyed reading this one, and has “caught” colors she likes – in her hands, so that she can show me, and then so she can let them go!

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Find in catalogIn the late 1800’s Charles March and Edwin Cope ranged across the wild west in search of dinosaur bones. During the Bone Wars, these two rivals used underhanded methods to try to outdo the other in the field, resorting to bribery, theft, and the destruction of bones. Michael Crichton has brought two obsessed and ambition-consumed historical figures, through extensive research, to life. This mostly historically accurate account of the race for bones is exciting and well paced. Much like the Gold Rush, the age of discovery of the Giant Lizards was a harsh life, full of danger and intrigue, competition and reward.
I had so much fun reading this book. I like that Crichton finds new ways to bring the world of dinosaurs back to life!