Every time we visit the library I ask, “Why don’t you try an Ivy + Bean book?” ML responds, “No.” I admit I haven’t read any of the books, but lots of girls ML’s age ask for them. I’ve held off reading them. . . hoping ML would eventually be interested. Then, we could read them together. Well, that moment has arrived. Last night she showed me a book. “Look! I checked out an Ivy + Bean book, and I already read 5 chapters.” With that speed reading, I may not have chance for us to read them aloud. There are 10 books in this series by Annie Barrows and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. ML’s starting with book 4 Ivy+ Bean Take Care of the Babysitter. Like most series for this age, I don’t think it matters the order you read them.
ML still reads the Rainbow Magic books. She’s saving her money to buy the Rainbow Magic Earth Fairies Series from the latest Scholastic book order flyer. I asked, “Do you want to donate them to the school library when you are finished?” She said, “That’s what I was thinking.” She’s paying $7 and is very proud of it. I’m covering the rest. I love it my daughter wants to spend her money on books. Then, share them with others.
We continue to read picture books and marvel over the illustrations. Last night, she was still awake when I arrived home from the board meeting for Postpartum Education and Support. A cause which, as a survivor of a postpartum mood disorder, is near and dear to me. ML informed me she couldn’t sleep because she wanted me to read her a book. She picked A Gift For Mama by Linda Ravin Lodding and illustrated by Alison Jay from my 8 Great New Picture Books post. She loved it. I shared about my time in Vienna showing her places in the book I visited. She didn’t realize European cities include buildings from a long time ago and modern days.