Last year, ML and Calvin chose winners for their 2014 Mock Caldecott in record speed. This year, they delved a little deeper. However, once again they couldn’t reach a consensus.
Today, I gave them a stack of books for their 2015 Mock Caldecott. I asked both of them to individually chose five favorites. Then, I encouraged them to reach a consensus on five books to go to the next round. They did it. Friends since the age of two, I love watching them grow and mature together. After whittling the list to five, they had a thoughtful and respectful discussion on which book should win. They weren’t in agreement. If I pushed it, they might have reached a consensus. I decided to save it for next year.
ML’s cousins visited last weekend. Forty eight hours of fun, but only two books read out loud to them. I planned to share at least five. Want to know what kept this from happening?
Visiting a local park to ride the train and spin around on the historic carousel built in 1911.
Lunch at our favorite cafe.
Feeding the fish in the koi pond at the local garden store.
An elevator ride to the top of one of the few skyscrapers in our growing city.
A trip to the cupcake shop riding the free bus that circles downtown to get there.
Dinner at a restaurant where fresh seafood has been served since 1931.
A sleepover with cozy blankets on the floor with lots of whispering after lights out.
Visiting two rival colleges roughly ten miles apart. My brother attended one. I the other.
Lunch at a famous restaurant that serves some of the best southern cooking in the world.
Lots of creative play by two seven-year-old girls and one four-year-old boy.
The creative play idea began in a law firm office. My brother visited with his former colleagues. Not much fun for three active children. Until one of the lawyers, who has grandchildren, gave them free reign with his office supplies. Tape, rubber bands, paperclips. He even let them rummage through his desk drawers looking for more.
When we arrived home the first afternoon, it was raining cats and dogs. ML found the office supplies and craft materials. They closed the door to her bedroom and got to work. Somewhere along the way they decided to sell their wares to their parents, aunts and uncle. They played this game three different times. Making items on Friday afternoon; then selling them to us. Saturday morning they woke up first and started making items to sell. When my brother and his wife arrived from the hotel, the store opened. Then, they chose to go home to make and sell more things Saturday afternoon, instead of getting cupcakes or ice cream.
See why we only read two books? Peanut Butter & Cupcake by Terry Border was a hit with them. To get an idea of this self proclaimed Humorist, Photographer and Earthling’s sense of humor check out “My Many Tries At My First Book Cover.” I’m mad I didn’t discover this post about the books his publisher passed up on. A peanut butter filled take on famous children’s books before their visit.
The other book we read was The Troublemaker by Lauren Castillo which I shared with you recently. We watched the video that sparked the idea for the book. If you haven’t seen it, you are missing out on a huge laugh.
Read The Troublemaker by Lauren Castillo! Then, read it again. There are so many things you will miss in the illustrations the first time around. The publisher describes the book as “A sweet and satisfying story of a brother and a sister, a trouble maker or two, and a raccoon beautifully illustrated in a folksy vintage style.” Satisfying is too mild a word for this book.
When you read Lauren Castillo’s blog about how she got her ideas for the book, you’ll laugh even more. Don’t miss the video of the raccoon. So glad to discover Lauren Castillo. I visited her Studio 6 shop and coveted many items.
Don’t forget to watch the video of the raccoon!!! I’ve been making people laugh all week.