As part of our blog series Family Reads in the Open Field we’ll be rolling out reading lists for families to enjoy all summer long, as provided by local artists, artist-parents, and creative kids. Books selected from the reading lists, as well as radios, backyard games, and other fun stuff is available for check-out at the Open Field Tool Shed.
This week’s list comes from Heather Shirey and her daughter Naomi, age 5. Heather is an assistant professor of Art History at the University of St. Thomas, and Naomi is a student at J. J. Hill Montessori in St. Paul. Heather is always delighted when Naomi pulls these books off the shelf to read over and over. Some of these are Heather’s favorites from childhood, and others are new to both of them.
Check out these great reads!
The Hatseller and the Monkeys by Baba Wagué Diakité
The Monster Show: Everything you Never Knew about Monsters by Charise Mericle Harper
From the Mixed Up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
The Three Pigs by David Wiesner
A Cricket in Times Square by George Selden Drawings by Garth Williams
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM by Robert C. O’Brien
Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken by Kate Dicamillo Illustrated by Harry Bliss
My Chinatown, a Year in Poems by Kam Mak
Really, Really Big Questions by Steve Law
Socks by Beverly Cleary