Stacey Loscalzo

Nov 28


by Stacey

The other night, all was amazingly quiet upstairs. For a bit I enjoyed the quiet and then I began to wonder what was going on. It was “potion creating-quiet”, “cutting American Girl hair-quiet”, “drawing a mural on the wall-quiet”. So I tip toed upstairs expecting to catch the girls in a crime.

Instead, I found them snuggled under Caroline’s covers. As Katherine rested her head on Caroline’s shoulder, Caroline read. And read and read. I stood silently and watched page after page turn. When I was discovered,  I went back downstairs to get my camera. Upon returning Caroline made it quite clear that I absolutely, positively could not take a picture of her in her pajamas. Knowing that my pictures often end up on this blog, respect her wishes for what goes out in to the wide world so I reluctantly put my camera down.

Last night though, I felt lucky to be invited to their reading session (pictured above). I couldn’t escape the feeling that time has sped up. How is that I am now listening to Caroline read aloud after years and years of being the reader? How is it that the same books I read to Caroline are now the ones she is reading to Katherine.  Last night’s selection included the amazing Cobblestreet Cousins books by Cynthia Rylant.

Although Katherine has been listening to chapter books for awhile now, I was reminded of what perfect books these are for children new to chapter books. With short chapters, children can retain information from one reading to the next while practicing the important skills of maintaining the flow of the story over multiple readings. That being said, the books are short enough that a few sittings will easily be enough to complete the book. And just to make the books even better, there are six of them in the series. Series books are wonderful for readers new to chapter books. With each new book, the characters and setting are familiar, allowing the reader to focus on the events of the story thereby improving comprehension.

So back to being lucky…lucky for reading daughters, lucky for good books and lucky for daughters who read good books.


  1. Lindsey says:

    I laughed out loud at the notion of cutting-American-Girl-hair quiet, because I’ve witnessed that precise, eerie silence. And then I felt like crying – in the best way – at the image of your girls snuggled in bed together reading. What’s better than that? xox

  2. Zoe says:

    What precious moments! I love the sound of the Cobble Street Cousins – new to me, but I really like the Rylant/Halperin combos I read before so these are now going on my seek-out list. Thankyou.

  3. Zoe says:

    Stacey, can you tell me the order these books are “meant” to be read in, and if it makes a difference. I can order them on but it’s not clear to me which comes first. Thanks

  4. Stacey says:

    Zoe- I am so excited for you and the girls to read these books. I just know you’ll love, love, love them! And you are right, they should be read in order. I’m not sure if you know about this great site- our librarian introduced us to it… but it list a gazillion series books in order. I have occassionally run into a series that isn’t listed and there’s been an occassional error but overall, it’s been a life saver!
    Check it out here
    And in case this doesn’t work- the link looks funky here…
    The Cobblestreet books are as follows:
    In Aunt Lucy’s Kitchen
    A Little Shopping
    Special Gifts
    Some Good News
    Summer Party
    Wedding Flowers

  5. Zoe says:

    Thanks for this (and the email) Stacey. I’ve ordered the first and will let you know how we get on!

  6. Jen Robinson says:

    What a wonderful moment! So happy for you and your girls. I’m happy whenever I catch Baby Bookworm pulling a book out of one of the book baskets on her own and sitting down with it. Happily for me, she’s too young to care whether I take pictures of her in her pjs or not 😉

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