Crystal Marcos Crystal's Comments (member since Mar 27, 2010)

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May 31, 2016 11:52PM

188 I'd like to re-read this with my daughter. I haven't seen the trailer but my mom said it looked scary for little kids. I would like to see the movie, TBD if I bring my daughter. She gets spooked easily, even if she knows the story.
Jul 26, 2015 11:12PM

188 I just had to share that I am so excited my daughter is now old enough for me to read her my first children's chapter book. For the past 3 nights we have been reading a chapter or two as a family. I am enjoying myself. It is so fun to hear her say things like, "One more chapter please!" or "I wonder what is going to happen next?" She can't wait until it's story time. Truth be told, I can't either! She has only read one other chapter book with her dad so chapter books are new to her. She already wants to read my book to her baby brother (not due until October), this just makes me giddy. These years are such fun. I agree that it is very important to keep in touch with our inner child. It makes life much more enjoyable!

Elspeth wrote: "my daughter is almost 4 and sadly bedtime story books had to stop as i would find her hours later under the duvet no glasses on and the smallest torch with a small mountain of books. So we have a n..."

Making stories up including your child is a great bonding activity. I did this with my brothers and sisters as we were growing up and now I do it with my little girl. I would ask them questions about what they wanted to hear a story about. Then, while telling the story, I would pause to let them fill in the blank. For example, the name of the main character and so on and so forth until we completed the story together. Sometimes the story would continue for days. Or we could revisit the same character in a whole different story in the future. If you haven't already tried this you really should you can create some really great stories together.
Mar 14, 2015 01:41PM

188 Gundula wrote: "They stared at me :-)


Cheryl wrote: "Poetry is always better when read aloud.

As it happens, I just learned in the nifty book A Family of Readers: The Book Lover's Guide to Children's and Young Adult Literature that so..."

That is a great idea! Thanks for posting this, my daughter starts regular school hours this coming school year and I was kind of dreading the whole morning thing. Hopefully, this will make it easier. We haven't read any Silverstein together yet. She got Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein for Christmas.
Mar 13, 2015 07:02PM

188 Gundula wrote: "Crystal wrote: "My daughter is 5, 6 in a few months. I could not imagine no longer reading to her. In fact, she did not want to learn to read for a long time. Saying things like, "It is boring to l..."

I bet they enjoyed it! That sounds like a fun memory.
Mar 13, 2015 02:51PM

188 My daughter is 5, 6 in a few months. I could not imagine no longer reading to her. In fact, she did not want to learn to read for a long time. Saying things like, "It is boring to learn to read." Even when she saw her younger cousins reading she still showed no interest. Well, I know my daughter and when she wants to learn something, she does, and picks it up quickly. I never pushed the idea. I wanted my daughter to enjoy being a kid, that is very important to me. Well, come to find out she didn't want to learn to read because she thought that meant she wouldn't be read to any longer! She was really bothered by that. She has since figured out reading to others can be fun too. Although, she still prefers to be read to. She now reads at a first grade level having just begun showing interest later in this school year. Now, she is enjoying thinking about reading to her future brother or sister!
Nov 22, 2014 08:02PM

188 Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed it. I am trying to make it out there. Sounds like fun!
Nov 20, 2014 09:55AM

188 Beverly wrote: "Jan Brett has out a delightful new Christmas book for this year: The Animals' Santa. Has her lovely illustrations with borders inspired by Native American art work."

She is coming to a neighboring town for an event. The book looks very cute. It would be nice to get signed books for Christmas.
Apr 08, 2014 04:53PM

188 I'm also looking for books for my daughter who is just beginning to read. I am looking for books that have 1-4 letters per word. 5 would be okay with the use of s. I know some exist. She too is currently reading the beginning reader Bob books. I am looking for others for when she is done with those. I will look at those already listed but wanted to post in case some knows of any not already listed. Thanks!
Nov 25, 2013 11:53AM

188 Some of these sparked my interest thanks for posting! Love Christmas and Winter reads!
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Oct 08, 2013 01:11PM

188 Kathryn wrote: "Great!!! Thanks, Crystal :-)"

Welcome =)
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Oct 04, 2013 10:57PM

188 Nice! Love this time of year reads! Here is a list I came across recently for Halloween reads on a blog.
Feb 25, 2013 12:08PM

188 Kathryn wrote: "I wanted to let all our fabulous members know that the Picture Book Club will be on hiatus for the months of April and May while I am on maternity leave.

I will still try to check in with the Ch..."

So excited for you! Congratulations!
Jan 03, 2013 10:36AM

188 I really enjoyed Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner. Read it after Christmas with my daughter. =)
Dec 27, 2012 12:32AM

188 Merry Christmas! Thank you! I have really been enjoying this special time of the year with my family! We got a little snow on Christmas. =)
188 Brenda wrote: " Just saw this and thought some might enjoy knowing Amelia Bedelia is turning 50."

Happy Birthday Amelia! Thanks for posting Brenda.
188 E. wrote: "Hello!
I'm Eva & I just joined the group. I know this is an older discussion, however when I went to the begining and saw the book titles on here, I just had to say… WoW! total blast from the past...."

HI Eva, I think it is wonderful that you had a book you loved so much. I think you should call your mom to see if she knows what happened to it. My 3 1/2 year old has attached herself to the dictionary. Perhaps because it is big and red. It is heavy too. Ever since she was a baby she loved trying to tote heavy things. She can't quite grasp the word for it. To her it is either the "reckonary or bookenary". It has been in her bedroom and it sleeps with her on the side of her bed on the floor where she can see it. =)
188 Brenda wrote: "I wasn't able to find the title for the Amelia Bedelia on the list at the library, it's probably checked out. All of the Holiday themed ones are out so I did read Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia ...."
We just read Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia yesterday. I had it in the house and didn't remember until we read Amelia Bedelia. Perfect time to remember! My daughter really enjoyed this one too. She giggled. I agree Amelia is a hilarious. My daughter noticed right away that Mr. Rogers and Mrs. Roger did not look the same as in the first book we read. She said, "That isn't Mr. Rogers. That isn't Mrs. Rogers." Thankfully Amelia looks the same. Little eyes catch everything. She even put together who Santa Clause was. =)
188 Cheryl in CC NV wrote: "Just in case you didn't know, there are several books, in a few different 'levels,' of Amelia Bedelia books."

Thank you Cheryl, I was thinking of buying Kaylee some more Amelia Bedelia's for under the tree. =)
188 I had so much fun revisiting Amelia Bedelia with my little one. She has asked me to read it 5 times over the course of a few days. It brought me back to my childhood where I read many Amelia books.

My daughter is a little young for understanding all the puns, but each time I read it I giggled at parts and told her why it was funny. She gets it now. I explained what it means to draw the drapes vs draw the drapes, etc.

I love Amelia as much as when I read my first Amelia Bedelia book. She's quirky, she's hilarious, she's kindhearted, and she's a hard worker. I can't help but wonder when are they going to make an Amelia Bedelia movie? I'm so glad she was a hit with the group.
188 Emily wrote: "That IS super cute!! Thanks for sharing. :) "
You are welcome Emily. Thanks for taking a look! =)
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