On our more hectic days, I am enjoy reading poetry to both children. It is a pleasant and calming way to say end the day. We have a few collections, none I love (suggestions?). My daughter's favorite poem is Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening so I thought we'd try Poetry for Young People : Robert Frost. I love that that particular poem isn't included so she has seen no illustrations to influence the picture in her head. Regardless, it's a good collection (except for Out, Out which I just don't need in my life). I like that it's organized by seasons because I am too. ;) We also read through A Child's Garden of Verses from time to time.
This past week we began rereading our whole set of Smithsonian Backyard books and discussing how the different animals get ready for fall. My son is also picking up on the characteristics of different animal classes. It's wonderful to see. We added Chipmunk at Hollow Tree Lane to our collection. My favorites are still Monarch Butterfly of Aster Way and River Otter at Autumn Lane.
Other books enjoyed this week with the children:
A New Coat for Anna - Always.
If You Give a Moose a Muffin - My favorite in the series because it is fall themed and only the second book I was able to read to my baby son (who more commonly threw them across the room).
Lost in the Woods - This is my son's current favorite book. Every night when I walk into his room he holds it up to me with a little smile.
On my own, I'm reading Freeing Your Child from Anxiety. I would say more but I haven't read much further than the introduction. One of my children inherited my anxious nature. I hope to find some tools to help us all cope. Then I'm going to pass it on to my dad so he can fix me. :)