West of the 405 you will find #16 Donald Bruce Kaufman Brentwood Branch Library in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. It is near the The Getty Center and UCLA.
The children’s section is right at the front of the library, just past the front desk. Grandma G (who retired from UCLA last year) met us there and we found tons of books already out. . . it was a sea of books! But we navigated the piles and found some good ones!
We even found some friends to play with. . .
Grandma G . . . Pete the Cat. . . and another toddler.
Riley is always more interested in the other kids more than the books. . .
Or sometimes it’s just the floor. . . or Cheerios. . .
But she eventually gets interested in the books again, once the excitement of the library wanes a bit.
We took a few books home. The first one was Just One Bite: 11 animals and their bites at life size! by Lola Schaefer and illustrated by Geoff Waring. She loved the big pictures of the animals and the different things they ate. She is signing “eat” all the time lately. . .
Next was The Red Wolf written and illustrated by Margaret Shannon. Riley enjoyed listening to the story and seeing the princess turn into a wolf. Maybe I will try to learn how to knit a wolf suit. . .
We read Everyone. . . by Christopher Silas Neal. What a sweet story about feelings.
Grace For President written by Kelly DiPucchio and pictures by LeUyen Pham may inspire Riley (or other girls) to run for President (again) one day. Her mom (me) is still in shock that we don’t currently have a lady in the Oval Office. . .
The last book we took home was Bob, Not Bob! written by Liz Garton Scanlon & Audrey Vernick with pictures by Matthew Cordell. I laughed the whole way through. It’s “To be read as though you have the worst cold ever.” I really enjoyed the way the writers played with the sounds of words. . . and, I think I have a pretty good “worst cold ever” voice (stuffed nose voice) where “Mom” sounds like “Bob”, among other things. This is a book I look forward to using at work in speech therapy sessions . . .
As always, the books we find at the library never disappoint.
I should have found a book about solar eclipses – we enjoyed the Great American Solar Eclipse this week, at least a partial eclipse here in Los Angeles. Oh well, we’ll just have to get a good eclipse book for next time . . . more books to look forward to!
Thank you, LAPL!