“Read It Again!”

It’s Reading Month and we are thrilled to have Cathy Chesher, Youth Services Librarian at the Adrian Public Library, as our guest blogger! Cathy has been a Children’s Librarian for 20 years, 17 at APL. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University and a Masters in Information and Library Studies from the University of Michigan.

“Read it again!”

This plea is liable to try the patience of any number of parents who are tired of reading the same books over and over and over again. How many times can one read  Go Dog, Go, Goodnight Moon or The Very Hungry Caterpillar without going crazy? And skipping pages or hiding your family’s copy of the book doesn’t work with savvy preschoolers.

A trip to the public library might be  just what you need to add a  little variety to your child’s daily reading ritual. Ask the children’s librarian for suggestions or check out some of the titles below. Your preschooler, and you, should enjoy them. All are available to borrow at the Adrian Public Library.

Don’t have a library card here? Stop in and share these books with your child while at the library or check the  library’s catalog or with library staff at your public library.  If your library doesn’t own these books, ask how you can interlibrary loan them through MelCat.

Happy reading, but beware; these titles may very well elicit that familiar refrain of “read it again”!

Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
A bossy ladybug will have your young listener standing; then sitting; then standing;  and doing more in this interactive book. A calming, relaxing bedtime story this is not.

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Every child should know the tale of the peddler’s caps and how a bunch of mischievous monkeys steals them. This tale is as much fun to read now as it was when it was first published over sixty years ago.

Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman
The chickens help the Greenstalk family every day of the week except Sunday. Look for cows and pigs to come to the rescue in the sequels.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Your construction vehicle-loving preschooler will love this rhyming bedtime story as various piece of heavy equipment turn in for the night.

I Spy with my Little Eye by Edward Gibs
Your child will have fun spying through the die-cut spy holes and guessing each different colored animal by listening to a simple clue.

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk and struggles to try to reach it. Beautiful black and white illustrations.

Muncha, Muncha, Muncha by Candace Fleming
Mr. McGreely tries drastic measures to keep some bunnies from eating all the vegetables in his garden.  Your child will have fun joining in on the “muncha, muncha, muncha!” refrain.

Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin.
Every preschooler should know about Pete the Cat. He is destined to be a classic. In this first Pete the Cat book, Pete sings his love for his new white shoes, even when he steps in various things that change the color of his shoes.  Visit publisher HarperCollins’s Pete the Cat page for free song downloads and for titles of other Pete the Cat books.

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen; illustrated by Dan Hanna
The pout-pout fish can only seem to frown despite the encouragement from a variety of ocean friends. It won’t be long before everyone is repeating the rhyming refrain of the pout-pout fish.

A sick day for Amos McGee by Philip Christian Stead; illustrated by Erin Stead
In this quiet book about friendship, zookeeper Amos McGee takes a sick day and is visited and taken care of by his animal friends. (Winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal. The Steads live in Ann Arbor)

Cathy Chesher is originally from the Chicago area and moved here after marrying Steve, an Adrian native, 32 years (!) ago. They have two adult children, Michael and Amanda (who Cathy is happy to say love to read). When she is not working, reading or playing with her new iPad, Cathy tends to her perennial garden, does yoga and other exercise, cooks, and enjoys travel. Cathy says she has the best job in Lenawee County! “There are many things I like and love about being a children’s librarian, but nurturing and supporting the love of reading is at the top of the list. In my mind, there is no such thing as a child who doesn’t like to read; just one who hasn’t found the right book yet to read.”


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