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About meI am a formerly voracious reader who has become a stay-at-home mother of a 4-year-old and a 7-year-old and who therefore has much less time for reading adult books although I do read aloud to the children several times a day. I have a doctorate in cognitive psychology and am interested in how children learn, in particular how they learn math and science.

About my libraryThis started off being my daughter's library and became the kids' library. Daughter is now 7-and-three-quarters and son has just turned 4 so the rate at which short, easy chapter books are being added to the picture books has increased dramatically in the past year as she has evolved into a strong independent reader. This serves as reading diary as well as catalog so the 30-50 books/week that we check out of the library are the bulk of it. We tend to avoid purchasing books that drive us (me) batty to read aloud over and over and over again although some of those are certainly daughter favorites that get checked out of the library more than once. Her library at home is an eclectic mix of books she likes that we can stand.

Favorite illustrators include Steve Jenkins, Sylvia Long, Meilo So, Betsy Lewin, Denise Fleming and Mary Azarian.

GroupsChildren's Fiction, Children's Literature, What Are You Reading Now?

Favorite authorsJez Alborough, Sandra Boynton, Doreen Cronin, Lynley Dodd, Olivier Dunrea, Denise Fleming, Tana Hoban, Holly Hobbie, Mick Inkpen, Steve Jenkins, A. A. Milne, Helen Oxenbury, Beatrix Potter, Sarah Stewart, Philemon Sturges, Ellen Stoll Walsh, Karma Wilson, Wong Herbert Yee (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresVroman's Bookstore

Favorite librariesCounty of Los Angeles Public Library - La CaƱada Flintridge Library, Los Angeles Public Library - Eagle Rock Branch, Pasadena Public Library - Linda Vista Branch, South Pasadena Public Library

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LocationSouth Carolina

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Member sinceMar 7, 2007

Currently readingWinnie the Pooh (75th Anniversary Edition) by A. A. Milne
A Bear Called Paddington (Paddington Bear) by Michael Bond
I Am Better Than You (I Can Read Books (Harper Hardcover)) by Robert Lopshire
Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz
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I've really enjoyed viewing your library. I have learned about several books from your list that I am interested in reading and sharing with kids. I love that you catalog the books that you have at home and those that you borrow from the library. This is a great way to keep up with all that you and your daughter have shared together. What a wonderful idea!
I love how you put comments with your books. So helpful! This isn't the first time I've browsed your books...I enjoy it each time. Thanks!
Hello - you have a great collection with a lot of titles that are new to me. I've started putting together a library for my daughter who will be born in a few more weeks. Many people have let me know about the 'read it again' phase and I am trying to bear it in mind when I buy books. If you have any special recommendations, please let me know! Thanks.
Eliza and I both have mixed feelings about the Little House picture books - they didn't grab me, though she liked Dance at Grandpa's a little more. I'll have to look up the Bond-penned Paddington books. E recently turned 4, so we mostly read picture books with a few shorter chapter books thrown in (she's obsessed the American Girl shelf at the library), but I didn't know whether I should hold off on Charlotte's Web for another year - I'll start with the picture books to see if the characters appeal to her.
Hi there! I saw you recently added a Charlotte's Web picture book. I just put in an online library reserve for that and saw there was another in the series called Some Pig that came out last year.

I see you own two of my picture books (Who Hops? and Who Hoots?) so I hope you don't mind
me letting you know I have a a new middle grade novel coming out called
The Curse of Addy McMahon (Greenwillow, April 22)
and to celebrate, I'm having a launch party at
Bank Street Bookstore (112th St & B''way, NYC).
Can you come? If not, and you're interested in a signed copy
email them at or call the store at
212.678.1654 and pre-order a copy and I'll sign
it when I go there for the party.

Thanks, Katie Davis
I haven't really delved into Great Books for Boys. I went through and highlighted in it the books that are in my LT catalog (then went to tag them), but I haven't yet used the book to get new recommendations. I was really surprised about how many girl-centric stories there are in it; as far as that goes, I don't think this would be as good for boys as Great Books for Girls is for girls. I just ordered a used copy of Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children (it was a wish list item) - it's "like new," so I'm hoping I get the 2nd edition.

As for Silvey's book, I can't recall whether I included the books in the back or not. I'll have to pull it off the shelf to see what I marked.

Currently, I'm slowly working my way through the NEA 100 list. The picture books are read-alouds for my daughter, but I'm also reading the children's/YA chapter books myself. I haven't had the energy to review them, but at least I've been rating so I'll know in the future whether they're worth checking out (or buying).
Hi Marie -

I went and combined our tags for Great Books for Babies and Toddlers. You can combine any tags by replacing XXX with the tag name, putting + for the spaces, so I did I hope no one uncombines them since they refer to the same book.

I got so many good ideas from that book. Now we've moved on to the book lists for kids (esp. girls) ages 2+ or 3+, but I'm limited in what I can get from those because they tend to go through preteen and teen years - although, I've been known to read older children's and young adult fiction. ;) They show up on my books about books tag.

I also get a lot of ideas from blogs. On my left blog sidebar are a few links to bloggers who write about children's books often. Jenny of Wildwood Cottage has a daughter between the ages of mine and yours, and she has so many wonderful suggestions.

I really need to start writing reviews again. I was doing so well for a couple weeks then fell off the wagon when life got too stressful, but I'm hoping I'll be able to start again soon.

I just wanted to say I've enjoyed so much browsing your daughter's library. My daughter is probably a year older, I'd guess. Mostly she likes to be read longer picture books these days, but we still keep out her board books - Jamberry has to have the catchiest rhyme of them all. Sylvia Long is fantastic - her Mother Goose is my favorite. You write such good comments; would you consider putting some in the review field?
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