Thursday, August 11, 2011

I'd Give It a Ten

I am one day late for the August 10 for 10: Authors I Just Can't Live Without listing, but thought I'd like to do it anyway.  I may not be teaching now, but I still love picture books, and so will grandchildren when they arrive!
So here's my list of books I love to read to kids.  Some are old, some are newer, and the last I actually haven't read yet, but I'm pretty sure it will be a favorite after watching David Wiesner's video about it on his site.
So because it is the 11th day of August, I've listed 11 of my favorites.  They are old favorites.  I wasn't going for newer, so don't be critical.  These books are still good!
Besides, I'm tired.  I've spent all day yesterday standing in fog and mist watching while I have someone else's septic tank get cleaned and then doing a house inspection.  We'd better get this house.  I have a lot of money tied up in it already that ultimately will benefit the sellers! 
Today I've spent a couple of hours on the phone and an hour doing a loan application...for the second time.  I've been talking with a variety of banks who would love to work with us, but not the property.  It doesn't have a bathroom, insulation or heat.  It doesn't qualify as a house or a seasonal home. 
After many, many calls, finally one banker referred me to another bank that does construction loans.  I started filling out their online form, as the newest banker told me to do, but silly me...I filled out the construction loan application which said that I didn't qualify for this type of loan.  Another call to the loan officer.  No, check mortgage loan even though it will be a construction loan.  And finally, success!  We are in.  The mortgage loan officer has the information she needs, and is very optomistic about this route.  More on this later.

Miss Smith's Incredible Story Book by Michael Garland
Elmer by David McKee
A Campfire for Cowboy Billy by Wendy Ulmer
Trouble with Trolls by Jan Brett
Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth by Lucy Bates
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
The Art Lesson by Tomie De Paola
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
A Chair for my Mother by Vera Williams
Little Mouse's Painting by Diane Wolkstein
Art and Max by David Wiesner

1 comment:

  1. I read all the lists! Whew! I know many of your books & read them often to my kids. Glad you think they're still worthy. Stellaluna is such a favorite! Also-happy that you had success in your negotiations. It seems to me that you're not retired, just taking on new employment. Good luck in this venture; it is a beautiful site.

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