"Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars, points of light and reason. ...And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason, for anything."

~ Edward Cullen

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What Anthony's Been Reading

Anthony and I have had an amazing summer this year.  Having the chance to be home with him every day was an absolute blessing and I'll always look back on this summer with fond memories.  I was able to start a lot of fun "traditions" this summer, and my favorite was our quickly library trips.  Something finally clicked with him in the past few weeks and he is all about books.  It's awesome and makes this bookaholic proud.  We've been reading books everyday and at least two before bedtime.  He used to be all whatever about his bedtime story, but now he must have it or he won't sleep.  I am not complaining!  We've read some awesome books over the past few weeks and these are his favorites!
Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.
This is probably one of his very favorites by far.  This is the perfect book for a boy.  Anthony loves making truck and heavy equipment noises as I read the book and telling each character night night. Plus I really like the illustrations in this one, and thinks its pretty cute.  It's a good introduction to the different kinds of heavy machinery out there too!

Written by Mark Kimball Moulton
On a beautiful, warm summer day an anxious young boy meets a brand new friend in the form of a book-loving
scarecrow named Pete. Pete introduces his friend to the enjoyment reading and the two share many days of excitement and adventure as they read their books together on a bale of hay.
Pete eventually goes his merry way to fulfill his life long dream of becoming a library volunteer but the two stay in touch as pen-pals and never loose sight of the importance of a good education attained through literacy.
This is probably my own personal favorite too out of all the books we've been reading.  The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, and I love the message behind the story.  Anthony loves to help find Pete the Scarecrow as the young boy looks for him. He's captivated by the story, and even though it's more "wordy" than some books written for smaller children, he does not get distracted and really enjoys the book!

Written by Mij Kelly
When it's time for potty training, both toddlers and parents will have fun with this book. Told in verse, it's the story of Suzy Sue, who has something very important to do! The truth is, she needs to poo--but someone has snatched her potty away! Kids will laugh at the big, bright color illustrations as they turn each page, and as Mom or Dad reads Suzy Sue's funny story. Worried, she goes running all around the farmyard, asking each of the animals if they've seen her potty. Fortunately all is well at story's end--and toddlers will be encouraged to use a potty, just like Suzy Sue.
Potty training has become my biggest hurdle this summer, so we've been reading lots and lots of potty books.  This is by far, the cutest, most adorable potty book I have ever read (and I've read A LOT of them over the past few weeks!).  The illustrations are super colorful and the story is adorable.  Anthony really likes it a lot and seems more encouraged about using the potty after we finish this one. 

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