There are many blogs that I read over the course of the week and a handful that I read daily. Overall, this is a good situation. My only frustration comes from the fact that some of my favorite bloggers live outside the country. While I enjoy learning about cultures other than ours, I have discovered that there are many, many wonderful books that never make it to American shores. While of course there are a gazillion amazing titles to read right in the good ole US of A, I admit to getting greedy.
For example, when I read about the Red House Children’s Book Award at Playing by the Book, I began looking for their nominated titles at our libary and at Amazon right away with little luck. While I was able to find such current treasures as A Monster Calls and some old winners like Jaqueline Wilson’s Best Friends, there were many more books that looked wonderful and and just weren’t available.
Then I read A Fuse #8 Production’s post titled Not in America: Boris by Andrew Joyner and became even more frustrated. This post focused on early chapter books, most of which are not available in the US. Good early chapter books are so hard to find that the post drove me batty.
Katherine has been completely smitten with both of these books. She is loving to hear chapter books read aloud but she still needs a fair amount of picture support to keep her attention. She also needs a really fast moving plot and likable characters. Interestingly, these series are quite different but each one brings a bit of all that she needs right now.
I will now begin the search for other Snake and Lizard and Fox and Wombat books. I suppose it’s a good thing I enjoy a good scavenger hunt…