Favorite Children’s Books: My Collection

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My home collection of children’s books includes stories that have touched the hearts of readers around the world. This video shows some of my very favorites, with many falling under the “classics” category, as well as fantasy and adventure.

Did I miss one of your favorites? Is there a story that you’ve shared with your children again and again? A book that holds a special place in your heart? Please share in the comments below! Happy Reading.

Thanks for visiting & watching!  Stacie

Space to Dream: A First Post

Welcome to my new website, hosted by Siteground and created on WordPress. I have moved over most of my content from blogger but am still in the process of recovering some images – so please forgive any missing pieces!

If you previously followed me over on blogger, thank you for coming over — you will find the same type of content here from me: poetry, prose and book reviews, with the occasional book video share thrown into the mix. If you are seeing my writing (and me) for the first time, I also want to say thank you for dropping by! And I hope that you will stay along for the ride with me.

In addition to here on my website, I also also share writing over at Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads, a community of poets who are wonderfully creative. I encourage you to check out the Toads site and comment, comment comment! Here, there, or anywhere you are online — it’s important we join in a dialogue together. For readers and writers, it’s essential. To that end, I have a page titled “Writing: A Dialogue” that I invite you to share on. And you may comment on any of my regular posts as well.

And now — to end my official welcome and share a special video. A continuation of my last video on summer reading, here is a round-up of children’s series books that my kids are loving. My kids and I made the video together in two parts, with my daughter narrating the second with her picks. Enjoy!

Here is a list of books we highlighted in the video:

The Adventures of Captain Underpants,  Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants by Dav Pilkey
Fly Guy Presents Dinosaurs, Fly Guy Presents Space, There’s a Fly Guy in my Soup by Tedd Arnold
Mercy Watson Fights Crime, Mercy Watson Princess in Disguise by Kate Dicamillo
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (Not mentioned, but we’ve also read Smile from this author)
The Rainbow Magic Fairies by Daisy Meadows (Too many choices in this series to list them all, believe me!)

Thank you for visiting Space to Dream — it’s exciting to create something new. TGIF! And Happy Reading.

Opening Pandora’s Box, & Summer Reading

Yesterday, my son noticed some boxes in the top of his closet. Pushed to the side, behind a mountain of play clothes, masks, light sabers and shields — they’ve been up there for a few years, forgotten. Because it was a lazy Sunday afternoon, I decided to pull them down and discover what was inside of these “lost” boxes. For any boy, what we found was a treasure trove, a Pandora’s box filled to the brim with delights – mostly transformers from the 1980s. My sons eyes grew big as watermelons as we carefully unpacked them, with each one exclamations of “Wow! Mama look at this!” as if Santa himself had made a stop to our house in June. It was the kind of find that I’d like to have saved for a rainy day, but once the box was opened, I knew there was no going back!

While he set to work engineering together (and apart again) the transformers, I sat down with the second box. Because it had my mother’s name on it, I knew it came from my childhood home. As I lifted the lid, I felt a rush of joy at what I saw. Inside was a collection of some of children’s stories that I had written, sticker books and drawings I had made, and children’s books that I remembered from my childhood bookshelf. Some were so stuck together that I had to pry them apart, and many are aged, tattered and faded. But to me, they are pure gold. I could have sat with them all day, but instead chose a few to put on my bedside table, a few to give to my kids, and a few to donate.

In the video below, I share some of the books my children and I are reading this summer.

Summer Reading Programs and Book Lists:


The theme this summer is “On your mark, get set, READ!” My kids and I have participated in local reading programs together since they were babies, and I’m a firm believer that there is no better summer activity to make time for! Here’s a link to our local program: http://stpl.readsquared.com/ 

Scholastic has an online reading challenge titled “Be a Reading Superhero.” http://www.scholastic.com/ups/campaigns/src-2016

Barnes and Noble stores allow kids to earn a free book by completing a summer reading journal. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/b/summer-reading/_/N-rs9

Here is a recommended summer reading list from the Association for Library Service to Children, for kids birth through 8th grade. http://www.ala.org/alsc/2016-summer-reading-list

Author Kate Dicamillo is the 2016 National Summer Reading Champion. Check out this link for her top 10 reasons to read this summer and a recommended reading list from her. http://www.cslpreads.org/nationalsummerreadingchampion/


Do you know of any summer reading programs or challenges that you’d like to share? If so, please tell me below in the comments! Have any summer reading recommendations for kids or adults? Comment! I’m on the lookout for my next beach/pool read…

Happy Summer Reading!