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Reading My Library

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Fantastic Fiction for Kids

Ok, so the Thanksgiving holiday got the better of me and I haven't been to the library in over a week. It's my goal to get there this week so you'll see some progress on this little journey of mine in the very near future.

In the meantime, Zoe from Playing By the Book has started a Fantastic Fiction for Kids event in which she highlights several books in a themed set and offers ideas for crafts and activities to go along with the books.

Zoe asked if I would be interested in suggesting three titles focused on a particular theme of my choosing to highlight in a Fantastic Fiction set. Here are her thoughts on hosting this particular event:

“Fantastic Fiction for Kids” happens here on Playing by the book
every Wednesday – readers of Playing by the book and guest posters from other blogs I love suggest a short selection of children’s fiction books on a particular topic and I include music and activity suggestions to accompany the books.


I set up this project for 2 main reasons (1) I want to hear from you about books you love and (2) I’m always on the look-out for ways of finding new books on particular topics.

The rule is: all of the books must be fiction. We picked sharks, because that's a favorite in our home. This is one of our suggested titles:

Zoe then pieced together some activities for shark play. Go check out her suggestions!

I was on my self-imposed Thanksgiving vacation last week, so I didn't get this link up right away. That turned out to be ok though because I could recommend more than just the shark post featuring Reading My Library.

Check out the following, from Playing By the Book:

* AMAZING post centered around a Barn Dance.

* Creating toy hospitals with your little ones.

* Fantastic Fiction: Trucks

And you'll go and see what she does with her kids and you'll feel equally inspired and like you are a very bad and unimaginative parent. So go! Read her suggestions! Be inspired!

Not that I'm a Picasso fan (by any stretch of the imagination) but this quote is rather thought-provoking and applicable. heh.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ~ Pablo Picasso

(And if I even start to talk about Picasso, children and creativity I'll never stop...)


  1. Oh Carrie... if I make you or anyone feel like a bad and unimaginative parent then I shall stop blogging! That's not the idea at all.... :-( The idea is to spread a little fun and laughter with some good books along the way with inspiration for people LIKE YOU! :-)
    Hope you had a lovely holiday and are ready for the run up to Christmas!

  2. I want to thank you for this blog. It's such a fun, creative blog and I've found it very useful. Keep it up!

    Btw, I've awarded you the Superior Scribbler Award, check it out here: http://libraryhospital.blogspot.com/2009/12/library-is-hospital-for-mind-receives.html

  3. =D No, Playing by the Book, that was kind of tongue-in-cheek. (A little.) At any rate I did say, "go and be inspired." ;D For some of us, creativity seems to come easier. The rest of us have to work harder. Your blog is helpful to inspire ideas. Thank YOU for THAT!