Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Crows. I see them daily, yet give them very little thought. Then our local children's librarian, Bev, recommended the book Wildwood as a read aloud with my 11 year old son and I've thought about little else since. Who knew crows could be so interesting? Intelligent?

This book has transported us on an unexpected and stunning journey of learning about birds. In the first chapter,  the main character keeps referring to The Sibley Guide to Birds - and guess what? Our library has these books. Well, technically we have them at our house right now. Amazing, I tell you. 

This great read was written by the singer and songwriter of the Decemberists and beautifully illustrated by his wife. It is 541 pages of unforgettable wonder.

While I am not interested in making this blog about book reviews, I am hoping to show how one book can lead to unexpected discoveries. This expedition wouldn't have been possible without our children's librarian - I don't think I would have found this book on my own - it wasn't even on my long list of future read alouds. And of course it enticed me pick up this cd of a band I adored back in my early twenties.

Please share - what have you picked up from the library lately that lead to accidental, glorious learning? 
xoxo Michele