February 5, 2014

February Book Basket

Want a peek into our themed book basket for February?  Obviously, the theme is love.  I mean, what else could it be?  

Our book basket isn't for heavy chapter books.  It's for fun, lighthearted picture books with a theme.  January's basket was full of biographies of heroes so we could start the new year thinking about what kind of people we want to be.  February is for love.  All kinds of love.  Family love.  Romantic love.  Love for God.  Love between slugs.  Really.  All love!!!  I love love.  

This month's selections are:
Someone for Mr. Sussman by my favorite Children's author, Patricia Polacco.  
Slugs in Love by Susan Pearson
Love Waves by Rosemary Wells
Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman
Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley (and yes, it's a picture book now!)
Love Your Neighbor: Stories of Values and Virtues by Arthur Dorbin
the Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
a Packet for of Kisses by Audrey Penn

Love books we've loved in past Februaries:
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBranty
the Paper Bag Princess (about what love is not!) by Robert Munsch
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
I love You Because You're You by Liza Baker
Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton (this one comes with the most adorable song ever!)

So there you have it!  Having a themed book basket is a great way to focus the kids' attention on certain topics without telling them what to read.  Odds are good, you're telling them what to do enough of the day that the last thing they want is you telling them what to read in their free time.  Right?

But when a new word shows up on the blackboard sign that hangs from the handle, they naturally want to see what books have made their way into the basket.  They usually end up reading them a gazillion times over.

So, you know.  If there's a particular problem that keeps popping up, just make it the theme of a book basket and put a ton of books in there where the main characters deal with that problem in a particularly positive way and then WHAM!  They're working through the issue and you never even had to lecture.  It's like book magic.  Need more kindness?  Make it a book basket theme!  Got sibling rivalry problems?  Book basket!!!  Poor grades?  BOOK BASKET!!!!  I think you get the idea.

Perhaps a book basket won't solve all of the world's problems, but I think it's a fine place to start.  This month, wallow in love and stock that book basket with warm fuzzies!

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