We are library people. The boys and I go at least once a week but often more frequently to one of three branches that are close by. We attend story time when our nap schedules allow. We have a special sturdy canvas bag to haul home our 20 or 30 books and DVDs. We participate in the summer reading program (which starts tomorrow!). We go to multiple programs throughout the year. We are HUGE devotees of the annual friends of the library sales. We love libraries.
But lately, our library visits have been a bit of a struggle. J gets distracted by the books, which is a good thing until he complains about the books I end up selecting for him while he wanders around looking at one or two books in great detail. Baby E is more and more mobile, as in climbing up on chairs and then climbing up on computer or study tables AND more and more vocal, as in loudly expressing his dismay at being confined in the stroller as an antidote to the climbing. So I rush between them, picking out books because of their covers (which is less of a sin with children's books, I've found) or because they have any of the words "dinosaur," "dragon," "train," or "apple pie" in the titles or, failing all that, randomly. I get flustered, they get annoyed, and our trips are less than enjoyable.
So, I've decided that what I need to do (besides tie Baby E to a chair) is come in with a plan, a list of 5-10 or so books I want to try to find in the alphabetized stacks, and then I will pick up 5-10 books near those, so we leave with some good choices and some random choices. Which leads me to the point of this post: any suggestions?? Here are the books we have enjoyed most so far, to give you a sense of our reading habits: Curious George, old and new; the Frances books by Hoban (if you're not familiar, go get these right now! Sooo good); Dr. Seuss, old and new, big and little, fictional and non; and our current faves, the Berenstain Bears.
And what about you, my tiny band of loyal readers? Any go to options? Any must sees? Any beloved authors we're missing? Any books I should put on my quick look list? Do tell, do tell!!