Madeline and More

This week, we got a little bored and decided to make twelve little girls in two straight lines, and the smallest one was indeed Madeline.  We took construction paper, markers, scissors, and a glue stick and had an hour’s worth of fun.  Leli helped me glue the girls together (so they stand up on their own), and we named each one.  They walked around, went to bed, and lined up a lot.  I keep them in the Madeline library book we have on loan and am slightly tempted to return it with them inside…just to make a librarian smile. 😉

Storybooks and shows provide some great materials for activities when you are housebound in 90 degree weather.  We hide paper shapes around the room after Blue’s Clues Shape Detectives and try to find them while looking through our toilet-paper-roll-magnifying-glass (What?!  You don’t have one of those?).  Or we might have a tea party after reading A Bargain for Francis.

When it comes to books, I wanted to share some of our favs with you, hoping that you will share some too.  Now, Benaiah only likes the books he can chew at the moment.  So, we will just mention Leli’s favs.  Here we go, our top ten kid’s books/series of 2018:

Her favs:  Let’s be honest.  There are some books that the kids love that you are slightly tempted to hide.  For us, these include the Lift the Flap Bible storybooks and Sammy the Sheep Find the Colors.  Don’t get me wrong- they are great, entertaining books.  They are just SUPER time-consuming, especially when you are trying to get your child to bed.

She loves the books with her name in them that her Great Grandma and Great Granddad sent- one is Winnie the Pooh and the other is Halleli the Fire-Breathing Dragon.  The only problem is when she says, “Remember when I used to be a dragon?” 😮

She loves  Slinky Malinki by Lynley Dodd, a girl after her Aussie Nana’s heart.  Andy and I change the word “wicked” to “tricksy” or “silly” sometimes…a lot of improv editing happens when we read aloud; when reading old school Babar or Blinky Bill books, editing and abridging is a must.


We all love Green Eggs and Ham, though I abridge that one as well.  Lately, I have her fill in the rhyming words, and she loves it.  Another classic that we all enjoy: The Little Engine that Could.

There are some books that we enjoy that have become shows and vice versa.  We love the Curious George adventures (thanks, Great Grammy!) and If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, which has become the cutest cartoon on Amazon Prime.  We love it!  We also watch Blue’s Clues and look for those books whenever we are at the library.

Ok, I think I have hit ten.  Still, the real reason I even made this post is to share this discovery: PLEASE READ EVERY LAUREN CHILD BOOK YOU CAN FIND!  We found her books at the library and I LOVE them.  I get giddy whenever we find a new one.  Some are a bit over Leli’s head but the Charlie and Lola books are great!!  If you don’t know what I am talking about, go to your library or Barnes and Noble.  You are in for a real treat.

Well, that’s all folks!  Most of our books are hand me downs, gifts, part of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (they send books to Tennessee kids for FREE!), used book stores, or borrowed from the library.  We also do audiobooks on the Libby app- like Christopher Churchmouse.  Easy listening while driving.

Lacey and Kelsey might share their top picks too, so stay tuned!

Much love,


2 thoughts on “Madeline and More”

  1. Hi,

    I’m one of Andy’s cousins from Canberra Australia. My children are 12, 9 and 4, and we still love Charlie and Lola. So much so, that when we got pet mice last month, the children named them Lola, Lotta, sizzles and Lexy. Lexy isn’t a C&L character but the other 3 are 🙂

    I’m loving reading the blog of the three mums. Thanks for the effort you all put into it.

    Love Bel

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