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Toilet Literature

Bubba’s a lot like his mom and dad… VERY stubborn! When he makes up his mind to do (or not do) something, it’s very hard to get him to change his mind. With most things, his stubbornness is not that big of a deal (like when he makes up his mind that he wants to play with his train set). However, when he makes up his mind to NOT be potty trained, that stubbornness drives me crazy!


I know that he’s more than capable of being potty trained! He can count higher and identify more letters than some of the kids in my 1st grade class, but he’s made it clear to us that he wants nothing to do with going on the “Big Boy Potty.” Sometimes I think he’s doing it just to mess with me! Like the other day… I sat him on the toilet, and he said he didn’t have to go (only to turn around and make me a present in his diaper less than 5 minutes after I let him get down from the toilet).


I’ve read a few books about potty training to Bubba (and he always loves them), but I think I need to take a different strategy and completely immerse him in potty training literature! To do this, I’m going to need a bunch of titles, so I’d love to hear your recommendations! Please leave a comment below with the titles of potty training books that you think I should pick up!


Thanks in advance for your help!

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Another Mini Book Tour

It’s so nice to be back home and reading to Bubba again!  We’ve already finished our bag of books that we picked up from the library before I left town, so we’re patiently waiting for 10:00am Monday morning (when our library opens) to head back to the library and pick up another bag of books.

On a different note, I found out that many of the books from the Illinois Reads program are not currently at our library, so I figured that while we wait for them to be delivered, we could start another “Mini Book Tour.”  Luckily, there’s no shortage of “mini tours” that we could take, so we’ll call the next one the “Monarch Award Mini Tour.”

Every year, the Illinois School Library Media Association administers the Monarch Award. It’s a K-3 Readers’ Choice Award in Illinois that’s presented annually to the author and/or illustrator of the book that’s voted by students in Kindergarten through Grade Three as their favorite from that year’s reading list. Click here to see this year’s reading list.

It looks like this will be a great mini tour to take, so I hope you’ll join us!  If you have any suggestions for other mini tours in the future, please leave your idea as a comment – we’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Mini Book Tour

The Illinois Reading Council started a statewide project this spring to promote reading for all Illinoisans called Illinois Reads. What they’ve done is they’ve chosen books on a variety of topics for six different age bands (from “birth to 4” to “Adult”).  Many of the stories were written by Illinois authors and include Spanish-language titles and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-related books.

This kind of got me thinking about how I used to spend my time before meeting my wife… Right after I got out of the Army, my best friend and I used to go to Old Chicago a couple nights a week and work on their “World Beer Tour” and some of the seasonal mini-tours they had throughout the year.  Granted, Illinois Reads has nothing to do with Old Chicago’s beer tours, but the idea behind them seem similar – They both encourage you to take a break from your normal routine and try something unique.

There are only 6 books in each age band, so Bubba and I are going to venture off the path of selecting books from the library in alphabetical order (according to authors’ names) and read all the books from the “Birth to 4” and “K-2” age bands.

Feel free to join us on this little Illinois Reads “Book Tour” and let us know what you think of the books that were selected for the Illinois Reads program!  We’d love to hear from you!

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