Books. We love them. They're in every room of our house. No kidding. And we supplement our stash with frequent borrowing from the public library down the road. Our weekly visit to Mrs. VH's story hour (she has the best songs and stories--and great enthusiasm for all kids) bags us free books and movies for a week or longer.
The better kept secret, however, is the nonfiction in the children's department. Team Testosterone loves a good story, but sometimes they prefer just the facts, ma'am. Children's nonfiction has come a long, long way since Green Girl was trolling the stacks at the Thermopolis Public Library, checking out biographies about Annie Oakley, Florence Nightengale and Clara Barton. But like their mother, Team Testosterone is partial to history. This year's recommendations include:
This excellent book about the origins of baseball by Sally Cook & James Charlton.
And this book by John Malam, published by the Salariya book company
The "You wouldn't want to be a" series includes Roman Gladiator, Viking Explorer, Slave in Ancient Greece, Egyptian Mummy and Pirate. Hysterical, full of gory facts to delight any girl or boy, and history told from a more humble perspective than covered in most history books at school.
When we're not reading about history, we like to toss in some grammar lessons:
What happens when an apostrophe goes too far...by Jan Carr.
And the danger of letting all punctuation take a day off, by Robin Pulver.
What terrific nonfiction have your kids enjoyed lately?
P.S. Yes, the yoga pants are actually by a company called Horny Toad, sold by Title Nine. And yes, Suburban Correspondent, you are right--they improve on being naked because then your thighs don't rub together when you wear them--always preferable.