I'm Not Nosey...Just Curious
One of the most creative exercises of the holiday season is finding a good hiding spot in your home for your children’s presents before The Big Day(s). Kids are great explorers and you can bet they’re searching every nook and cranny to find out where their new toys, books, and treats are hidden. It’s the most wonderful game of the year! You can put something on the highest shelf, in the darkest, most cluttered closet, and BAM!, little Susie has found it in a snap.
Wonder Within Reason
Kids aren’t just pint-sized Pandoras during the holiday season. Their developing minds are always taking in their surroundings and absorbing information at a rapid pace. It’s natural, and pretty delightful to witness.
But some kids are more curious than others. This is normal, but may, in some instances, prompt a discussion of certain topics: privacy, gossiping, and manners, to name a few. The following picture books may kick start a really good conversation between you and your child.
And while you’re reading these books together, your child may point out interesting details in the book. There might be something great in the illustrations, a funny-sounding word, or way the book reminds him or her of a personal experience. Take the time to linger over the pages, explore, and share. It’s always good to be curious when you’re riveted by a book!
Nosey Mrs. Rat by Jeffrey Allen and James Marshall – Shirley Rat is the nosiest person in town—it’s her hobby. She peeks in windows, reads other people’s mail, and asks rude questions. What will it take to get her to stop snooping?
Goldilocks and the Three Bears retold by Emma Chichester Clark – Naughty Goldilocks doesn’t wonder and she doesn’t ask when she takes over the three bears’ house. This edition is beautifully illustrated.
The Gruffalo’s Child by – Julia Donaldson; Illustrated by Axel Scheffler – Despite being warned, Little Gruffalo enters the deep, dark woods to see what the Big Bad Mouse looks like.
George and Martha by James Marshall – George gets a stern warning when he peeks in on Martha taking a bath.
George and Martha: Back in Town by James Marshall – Martha can’t resist a box labeled “Do not open.”
The Original Curious George by Margaret and H. A. Rey – This famous little monkey creates mischief where ever he goes. In the first book in the Curious George series, George’s curiosity causes trouble on a ship, at a fire station, and at a zoo. But in the end, he always manages to make things right.
Max and Ruby’s First Greek Myth: Pandora’s Box by Rosemary Wells – Ruby tells Max the “Pandora’s Box” myth in an attempt to keep him from trespassing in her bedroom.
Karen Choy is the Youth Services Librarian in Half Moon Bay. She has never broken into a bear house, but she loves detective and spy novels.