For the Love of Books

Monday, September 30, 2019

Evening, y'all!  I don't know if you noticed or not; but with all the busyness that goes with the start of school and getting everyone situated and off to a good start, I missed sharing a For the Love of Books pick last month.  So, for those of you who are still reading these posts and regardless of having shared lots of my favorite, start-of-school books in the past, I thought that I'd share two more such faves this month, beginning with one that is part of a much-greater and ever-growing collection showcasing Charlie the Ranch Dog.
In Charlie Goes to School, written by Ree Drummond and illustrated by Diane deGroat, Charlie walks us through a homeschool day-in-the-life on the Drummond Ranch.  He rather quickly decides that he's got this school thing so wrapped up that he's going to become the teacher himself.  "Suzie needs to learn her letters.  Kitty Kitty needs to practice his math.  The ranch horses need to brush up on their history.  And Walter?  Well, Walter needs to learn everything."  It doesn't take long for things to get completely out of Charlie's control or for him to decide, in perfect, Charlie fashion, that a recess, or rather a nap, will make things right with the world once again.
In Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner, written and illustrated by Amy Schwartz, Annabelle gets an exaggerated education, in what it means to be a good student, from her older sister, Lucy, who is determined for everyone in school to know that Annabelle is her sister.  But when all of Lucy's advice seems to steer Annabelle in the wrong direction, Annabelle is ready to throw in the towel on the whole business of kindergarten.  A little, special encouragement, at recess, from Lucy, however, is just what Annabelle needs to share something Lucy taught her that would impress not only her teacher and entire class, but also earn Annabelle a very special title.

Thanks so much for reading!  I'd love for you to leave some of your favorite, beginning-of-school titles in the comments below; and if you haven't done so already, I hope you'll find a little time to enjoy one of these treasures, with a loved one, today.  If you do, I'd love to know what you think.  Have an extra blessed week, friends!

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