I love all the independent play and reading she does. I tried to catch how she was looking at the last spread in this book, naming all the different animals, but she stopped before the video starts. (One Yellow Lion)

Romy recently saw a person in a bear costume, promoting the zoo. She spent a week walking around saying “bear, scared.” She was scared of the bear. She talked about it a lot. We found this by accident. We read it for the first time today. It’s really beautifully written and illustrated. The story is about a bear who is scared because he wanders too far from home, but his friends go look for him. I love a well-constructed rhyming story.

Romy recently saw a person in a bear costume, promoting the zoo. She spent a week walking around saying “bear, scared.” She was scared of the bear. She talked about it a lot. We found this by accident. We read it for the first time today. It’s really beautifully written and illustrated. The story is about a bear who is scared because he wanders too far from home, but his friends go look for him. I love a well-constructed rhyming story.

We haven’t yet had a reaction to a book like the reaction to this little boxed set. It’s like she’s never seen a book with children doing things just like she does. I love the conversations we are having as we read through each of the four books and all the tiny details Romy notices. She’s so excited to look through “Playtime” and she told me the park is her favorite thing when it comes to playing. There’s a real sense of her identifying with the children in these. She’s also at an age where sorting and organizing like things is fun. Not only are there four little books to put in a box herself, the stories are organized on a theme and she seems to really respond to that. I ask which one she wants to read and she knows the difference between them, asking for them by name.
It’s also a nostalgic illustrator I remember from my childhood. I would buy a stack of these if I could.

We haven’t yet had a reaction to a book like the reaction to this little boxed set. It’s like she’s never seen a book with children doing things just like she does. I love the conversations we are having as we read through each of the four books and all the tiny details Romy notices. She’s so excited to look through “Playtime” and she told me the park is her favorite thing when it comes to playing. There’s a real sense of her identifying with the children in these. She’s also at an age where sorting and organizing like things is fun. Not only are there four little books to put in a box herself, the stories are organized on a theme and she seems to really respond to that. I ask which one she wants to read and she knows the difference between them, asking for them by name.

It’s also a nostalgic illustrator I remember from my childhood. I would buy a stack of these if I could.

A favorite video.

Rob seems to think Romy is Olivia because she is also “good at wearing people out.”
Romy likes the page with the Degas painting.

Rob seems to think Romy is Olivia because she is also “good at wearing people out.”

Romy likes the page with the Degas painting.

Excellent board book. Funny.
Romy has taken to giving us “good long stares” at random times. The farm’s babysitter, Bob, knows Duck is trouble. When he’s warned, he gives Duck a “good long stare.”

Excellent board book. Funny.

Romy has taken to giving us “good long stares” at random times. The farm’s babysitter, Bob, knows Duck is trouble. When he’s warned, he gives Duck a “good long stare.”

We have potty books in our bathroom now.
Sesame Beginnings: Potty Time is the most applicable to our approach (at least in the beginning), which was child-driven. It focuses on the idea of being potty-ready. No Elmo. Received from work.
Potty by Leslie Patricelli is pretty boring after the first look-through. It focuses on the wait and then the reward of getting to wear underwear. I really don’t care for this one.

We have potty books in our bathroom now.

Sesame Beginnings: Potty Time is the most applicable to our approach (at least in the beginning), which was child-driven. It focuses on the idea of being potty-ready. No Elmo. Received from work.

Potty by Leslie Patricelli is pretty boring after the first look-through. It focuses on the wait and then the reward of getting to wear underwear. I really don’t care for this one.

I mentioned that Romy is into her letters lately. I actually didn’t start this. I’m not sure if it came up from daycare or not. I appreciate that she seems to express the interest and I follow on these little lessons. I don’t want reading to be about letters necessarily yet, but she’s interested in them right now.
I received these through work, where we distribute the Blue Apple books. Blue Apple does the Dwell Studio children’s books. These are 26 individual wall cards on nice card stock. Romy saw them on the table and asked for them and they are a big hit at our house. She leafs throught the letters and we talk about the pictures. She kept asking for more.

I mentioned that Romy is into her letters lately. I actually didn’t start this. I’m not sure if it came up from daycare or not. I appreciate that she seems to express the interest and I follow on these little lessons. I don’t want reading to be about letters necessarily yet, but she’s interested in them right now.

I received these through work, where we distribute the Blue Apple books. Blue Apple does the Dwell Studio children’s books. These are 26 individual wall cards on nice card stock. Romy saw them on the table and asked for them and they are a big hit at our house. She leafs throught the letters and we talk about the pictures. She kept asking for more.

I’ve had this small hardcover collection of Harold stories for years. Romy is letting me read it to her in installments at night. It seems so grown up to understand that a story is too long for one night, but you’ll go to sleep and it’ll be there for you at the next bedtime. I still haven’t realized this.
Anyway, Romy is interested in letters lately. She came home from daycare singing her abc’s one day. I pointed out all the R’s on the cover of this book. Then I showed her the A for Amanda and Abhiyan, her daycare buddy. Then she asked for Nora’s letter, so I found her an N. Then I asked her what the R was. “R, r, R!” So that’s a cool connection she’s making.

I’ve had this small hardcover collection of Harold stories for years. Romy is letting me read it to her in installments at night. It seems so grown up to¬†understand that¬†a story is too long for one night, but you’ll go to sleep and it’ll be there for you at the next bedtime. I still haven’t realized this.

Anyway, Romy is interested in letters lately. She came home from daycare singing her abc’s one day. I pointed out all the R’s on the cover of this book. Then I showed her the A for Amanda and Abhiyan, her daycare buddy. Then she asked for Nora’s letter, so I found her an N. Then I asked her what the R was. “R, r, R!” So that’s a cool connection she’s making.

Romy at The Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul.

Romy at The Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul.