Beginning Top Ten-ing

Worst title I’ve come up with yet? Perhaps… Anyway, I was going to try and do a quick WTSG newsflash for my posting today but I couldn’t pull together any fascinating news at the last minute. Also, we’ve been somewhat busy this evening and despite the fact that I enjoy blogging, patrons take priority. So, for a quick posting, just to try and stay regular, I thought I might share my first Top Ten list. I was inspired the other day when I heard about this fun blog called The Broke and the Bookish. They do a cool thing called Top Ten Tuesdays where they choose a different theme every Tuesday and then fill out the list with items that fit the theme (all book related of course). The coolest part is that they invite other bloggers to join in the fun and post their lists to the site. This week, just to get a list out there on this site, I won’t be participating in their theme. Instead, I’ll simply post my Top Ten Picture books, since that fits the more Continue reading


Charlie Parker Played Be-Bop

Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka

This week’s selection is not one that I have ever read aloud for story time but there aren’t enough fingers in my whole family to count the number of times that I’ve shared this one with my two-year-old son. I actually checked it out on the recommendation of a patron. This person is also amidst the challenge of raising a two-year-old and shared the secret of this book’s power with me. Now I am passing it along to you:

Toddlers LOVE this book. Period.

(You can tell I’m being serious because, as you can plainly see, there are three periods in that statement.)

I don’t know what the magic is behind it, but I can promise you it’s there. As soon as you get through the first two pages, the previous squalling that your littl’un was holding your ears prisoner with ceases. Then the rhythm of the book (be bop, fisk fisk, lollipop, boomba boomba, bus stop, zznn zznn) carries them through to the end, where they will most likely ask you to start over. Continue reading