Frozen chapter book series Children of Noisy Village series Mermaid Tales series Usborne Mermaid Stories Jenny Linsky and the Cat Club series Pippa Mouse Mary Poppins Alice in Wonderland Winnie the Pooh Sophie’s Adventures Betsy Tacy Me and My Sister Clara
Charles Darwin’s Around the World Adventure Waste: Where Does My Garbage Go Amazing Women A-Z Story of the World Vol.1
picture book favorites:
Angelina Ballerina series Hannah’s Hotel series Ling & Ting series This Is How We Do It The Dolls’ Christmas Will Moses’ Mother Goose The Sandwich Swap Extra Yarn Red Knit Cap Girl Kuma-Kuma Chan, the Little Bear
Circle Round story time podcast (NPR) Beatrix Potter anthology Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery Just So Stories Frozen Frog & Toad
Today we read “Where Did My Clothes Come From?” by Chris Butterworth with illustrations by Lucia Gaggiotti. It is a book we checked out from the library and it was super informative. We enjoyed the pictures very much and talked about our favorite clothes. This is the type of book that is a great jumping off point to explore more after reading. This time we found ourselves inspecting a pair of jeans and googling videos about shearing animals.
On YouTube we found many videos of people shearing sheep, goats, alpacas and angora rabbits for their fur. This also led to watching other goat videos- like goats that climb trees and how baby goats have to be awesome climbers at one week old. Lastly we ended up watching all of Block Shop’s process videos of their block carving, dyeing and printing by master artisans for their scarves made in Bagru, India (which can be found on their Instagram account).
Next time we read this book we may want to learn more about silk worms or making rubber or traditional clothing worn in other cultures. I love how this organic kind of learning unfolds for us. I always find that my curiosity is piqued just as much as Clover’s. I appreciate our opportunities to take time and to have the resources to find out about anything we can think of.
Another excellent (and relevant) read is “Pelle’s New Suit” by Elsa Beskow. We have checked it out many times and I remember grabbing all of my wool sweaters down out of the closet to feel the fabric one time after reading. It was a great first story about where clothes come from and how garments used to be made more or less by hand. It has also been on the book shelves of every early childhood program that I have worked in which I think is a sign that is a good book for children.
Every Friday at 3pm you will find us at the story time at Children’s Fairyland. It works out really well for us and we catch the puppet show either before of after. The story times are run by volunteers and it is neat to experience their varying styles. They each read different stories, sing different songs and chose to bring out different manipulatives-like a felt board, scarves or egg shakers. Clover loves to help out at the end by cleaning up the lily pads (pillows) and putting away the benches so now they all know us. We both appreciate that our Friday routine attending Fairyland is constant but there is so much variety with each visit. Children’s Fairyland is really a treasure to us.