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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

This meme was started by Sheila at Book Journey and the kids’ version has been adapted by Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts.
When Maribeth came to dinner last month she brought a gift for Isabelle.  One of the items she brought was Where’s Spot?.  This book lift-the-flap book written and illustrated by Eric Hill has become a fast favorite of Isabelle’s.  She can spend an elongated period of time lifting the flaps to try to find Spot.  She loves searching for Spot so much that she’s already bent the piano (which reveals a hippo and a bird, not Spot, hiding there) and the dust ruffle of the bed (an alligator is beneath the bed).  She doesn’t care about the bent flaps so therefore I shouldn’t either.  What I really love about reading this book with Isabelle is listening to her make the familiar animal sounds when she discovers an animal hiding in the place where Spot should be.  She especially loves to make the sound of the monkey, who is eating a banana, inside of a free-standing closet.

I have to admit, I knew very little about the Spot books, other than the fact that I had recently received a review copy of Spot Loves Sports from Hill’s publisher (G.P. Putnam’s Sons).  I’m not sure how I missed the Spot books considering they’ve been around since 1980!  (Maybe my mom read them to me and I just forgot about them once primary school began.  Yeah, that’s gotta be it.)

Anyway, back to the Spot books.  On the back of Spot Loves Sports I noticed there was a website listed.  Once I checked out the Fun with Spot website I scratched my head wondering how Isabelle made it through a year and a half of her life without me knowing about all of Hill’s incredible Spot books.  After all, Spot has many adventures, such as visiting his grandparents, going to bed, celebrating holidays, and so much more.  The books are adorable, as is the interactive kids’ website.

I’m afraid that I’m going to have to exercise some restraint when it comes to purchasing them from Amazon later this week.  Therefore, if you’re more familiar with the Spot books than I am, please tell me what your favorite ones are.


6 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you reading?

  1. Spot is a favorite character in our home library! A few years ago our daughter chose the Spot’s Giant Treasury at a used bookstore probably based on the pictures. However, the 14 stories really grabbed her attention when we read it. Since then we have read it countless times—-sometimes in its entirety during one story time! Her favorite titles in it are: Spot’s First Picnic and Spot and His Grandparents Go to the Carnival. Thanks for sharing the website! It looks like fun!

  2. My 3yo LOVES Spot. I can’t say we have favorite titles, so I’m no help there. She knows exactly what shelf they’re located on in the library, though, and goes straight to that location upon arrival. Good, wholesome reads 🙂

  3. Ingrid has two, & I just read them to her & Imogene last week! They are bright, & follow a familiar pattern too, hence some appeal. They’re almost too young for Ingrid, 3, but Imogene is beginning to get the point of lifting the flap, & then squeals. She loves peek-a-boo. I think the books were Where’s Spot & one about going to a park, which they do a lot. Thanks for talking about them; I didn’t know there were many more-good birthday presents!

  4. Kam absolutely loved Where’s Spot! I sometimes wanted to push it under the couch after reading it about 10 times in a row! Seriously though, I am glad you reminded me about Spot. I have to find it! I am sure Nattie will love it like Isabelle does…I will check out the website too! Thanks for the suggestion!

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