>> Saturday, March 7, 2009

My daughter has been peppering me with questions about when she will be old enough to read a "grown-up" book. I was very excited at the idea of graduating from the same old books we always read to chapter books. I have been buying up books and setting them aside for when she was old enough pretty much since she was born. I chose this book to start our inaugural chapter a night book. I got the idea for the tote from Soulemama and started out with the directions from her book The Creative Family. I kind of veered off course from her pattern a bit and used inspiration from sewmamasew and this post here.

She is going to store her jammies and book inside so everything is all together.

I also sewed up a little bookmark to match her bag. I cut two pieces the size I wanted and put a layer of double-sided fusible interfacing (the thickest I had) inside. After sewing it up with some ribbon at the top I ironed it, and the interfacing stuck to the fabric.

I realize that the time I have to read to her in bed at night won't last forever. I wanted to make it special for both of us.

What other book recommendations do you have for a four year old?


Thea March 7, 2009 at 3:25 PM  

shel silverstein! Zoe's favorite is anything from Where the Sidewalk Ends....

Renee March 7, 2009 at 5:25 PM  

Great bag and wonderful on the books. At 4 my daughter wanted to hear the Little House on the Prairie books since she'd started to watch the reruns on tv a bit.

She loved the Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Park the most to read herself to me.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: March 7, 2009 at 6:04 PM  

What's a cool idea!

Growing up my Dad would read aloud a chapter a night. I loved Old Yeller and the books in the Little House on the Prairie series.

You brought back wonderful memories for me.

Woolly Stuff March 8, 2009 at 1:48 AM  

When I was four, I was already really into the Narnia books - my cousin would read them to me, and I loved it! It's what made me want to learn to read, so I could read them to myself. And I remember having to tell my cousin, when I learned to read, that I didn't need her to read them to me anymore - the end of an era...

Seona March 8, 2009 at 3:13 AM  

Wow what a great idea! cute back and bookmark, fab! I loved the Nancy Drew series, having them read to me and then re-reading for myself later.

lucky knitter March 8, 2009 at 5:54 AM  

What a wonderful memory you've created for your daughter, and the bookmark was a great idea!

Rachael Rabbit March 8, 2009 at 7:43 AM  

I was read Teddy Robinson as a small girl and I loved them. I also adored Pooh Bear - anything with a teddy bear theme was always good ;-)

amy March 8, 2009 at 7:48 AM  

I second the Narnia series. My older son started with chapter books at 2--we started with Winnie the Pooh and moved onto Narnia, then E. Nesbit books, Edward Eager (Half Magic and many others). We've been reading the Moffat series and the Melendy Quartet (Eleanor Estes and Elizabeth Enright, respectively), and my 4yo has enjoyed hearing all of these along with his 7yo brother. We just started the Prydain series (by Lloyd Alexander) and both boys love it. My 4yo, though, is not easily rattled. My older son was not ready for the Prydain books at that age. They both enjoyed Mr. Popper's Penguins, too.

Um, I could go on...? :-)

amanda March 8, 2009 at 11:24 AM  

Such a lovely idea! I especially like the bookmark.

Kate March 8, 2009 at 3:24 PM  

Oh I love it! My son is 5 1/2 and we haven't gotten to chapter books yet, but I have also been saving them. Have you got the Tale of Despareaux? (probably spelled that wrong) Stuart Little is another really great chapter book for the younger set. (I have enjoyed both of these books as an adult as well)

Haley March 9, 2009 at 5:33 AM  

what a cool idea! you are such a great mommy!

affectioknit March 9, 2009 at 8:16 AM  

I love the bag - and the Pooh books were Scout's favorites...

Nicole March 9, 2009 at 11:03 AM  

In grade 1 I was reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Anne of Green Gables too.

Philigry March 9, 2009 at 6:21 PM  

i love that bag. my son loves nything by dr. suess and the curious george stories.

a friend to knit with March 11, 2009 at 2:51 AM  

bedtime is one of the most special parts of the day.....and with that you just made it even more special. sweet. sweet. sweet!

Anonymous March 13, 2009 at 4:40 AM  

That is such a beautiful idea, it makes storytime, already special, into an even more special event. Lovely!

The Wooly Wumpus March 14, 2009 at 6:56 PM  

Love your bag and the choice of your first "chapter a night" book! I always loved Beverly Cleary books - Ramona the Pest and Henry Huggins.

Alison Boon March 17, 2009 at 1:18 AM  

What a great moment. Love the bag.
My favourite is the Moomintroll series. After that I really like the famous five.

Yarnhog March 17, 2009 at 6:32 PM  

Oh, definitely the Little House books! In the first one, Laura is just four.

My older son loved Harry Potter starting at three (he was precocious), and my younger son was obsessed with The Magic Tree House books.

Also anything by Beverly Cleary, especially the Ramona books. My boys weren't interested, but they were favorites of mine.

Annie March 20, 2009 at 7:26 PM  

Just catching up on blog reading.
I read Charlotte's Web to my daughter as our first chapter book together. Just don't ever quit even when they are teens. If you keep going now it won't ever seem "odd" to her that mom is reading aloud. So cool!
If you ever want book suggestions just send me an email. I'm a media specialist in an elementary school so I have LOTS of titles to share.

skeinsherway March 28, 2009 at 2:13 PM  

Ooh, I like the idea of storing the jammies in the bag too! I should make some bedtime bags for my girly girls!
Fun stuff- happy knitting-ali

Alisha April 6, 2009 at 8:24 PM  

We love our bedtime books here.

I love the bag and the idea of jammies all ready to go inside. What a great idea. I may have to steal that one for my youngest daughter.

I still read to my older girls. My oldest (16) claims she isn't listening but every once and a while she giggles at something I read. I have been working through the Harry Potter series.....I don't read that one every is more sporadic
and so it is taking a while.

We always do picture type books at bedtime too. My youngest is seven and she still loves them as do I. Jillian Jiggs books are my favorites. As well as Little just can't get enough of him and his spider ;)

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