Thursday, November 01, 2007

Fall Family Reading Night... Take 2

You might remember that my last family reading night was canceled due to severe weather (not unheard of for basically any time of year in Michigan). Well, I finally got a chance to perform tonight! Obviously, as the original date was 2 weeks before Halloween and the "rain date" happened to be the day after Halloween, I had to change the agenda a little. I decided to do a few Halloweeny stories anyway, especially because the word "Halloween" never appears in either, and I thought that they would appeal to the older audience.

Good Old-Fashioned Sort-of-Scary Picture Books
Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly (I did this one as a felt board--available through Lakeshore Learning--and got lots of help from the kids in attendance!)
The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt, illustrated by the great Tony DiTerlizzi in a gothic style reminiscent of silent movies.

Fall/Thanksgiving Titles
I Know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson (this one was a big hit--the illustrations really sell it)
Turk and Runt: a Thanksgiving Comedy by Lisa Wheeler


While looking for books that might work with this theme, I ran across one of the greatest titles ever for a squirrel-based picture book: Nuts to You by Lois Ehlert. "Nuts to you" is becoming one of my new catchphrases.

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