It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Joining up with Jen from Teacher Mentor Texts to share what we’ve been reading in our household this past week.

Mom is reading:

I finished reading The Lions of Little Rock.  I’d read several rave reviews and wasn’t disappointed.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to teach a whole classroom full of Marlees?

The book is set in Little Rock in 1959, at a time when young girls of different races could not be friends, and ignoring that rule was dangerous for everyone.  It’s a quick read, but a good one.

Next up is an adult novel, Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks.  I haven’t even cracked this one yet.  Hoping to get it read over the next two weeks, but we’ve got two birthdays, Easter, and a baptism on the horizon, so that may be too optimistic.

Kiddo is reading:

Reading to Peanut by Leda Schubert, illustrated by Amanda Haley

This book had the potential to be really cute.  The story follows a girl’s quest to “learn to read and write” for a very special purpose revealed at the end.  Throughout the book, the little girl and her family members write/spell out words on signs and place them all throughout the house on the corresponding items (a great strategy, by the way).  Despite the cheerful illustrations and positive lesson about learning to read, this just didn’t keep our interest.  A swing and miss at our house.

 Silly Baby by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

I’m recommending this one for preparing very young children for the arrival of a new sibling.  I didn’t think the “silly baby” phrase repeated throughout the book quite corresponded with the examples (even though I understand what the author was trying to do), but the story does give a clear, concise understanding of what it means to have a new baby in the house.

Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin

 This is the same team that brought us Click, Clack, Moo
(my personal favorite), Duck for President, and Giggle, Giggle, Quackamong so many others.  This was not my favorite read, especially by this author/illustrator team, but there’s nothing wrong with the story, either.  Just not my personal preference.

Mo’s Stinky Sweater by David Bedford, illustrated by Edward Eaves

Saving the best for last!  This book made it into our library bag because my daughter loves monkeys, and the cover grabbed her right away.  The bright illustrations continue throughout the pages, and any parent with a child who has become obsessed with wearing the same item of clothing day after day after day will appreciate the predicament Mo’s mother finds herself in. Consider this my “get thee this book” recommendation for the week.

That’s been our week. What are you reading?  Anything we should add to our library list for our next visit?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

(Okay, okay, it’s actually Tuesday. Shh!! Don’t tell!)

Joining up with Jen from Teacher Mentor Texts to share what we’ve been reading in our household this past week.

Mom is reading:

I finally finished reading The Book Thief.  Amazing.  Powerful.  I’ll be thinking about that one for awhile.

In the meantime, I’m moving on to The Lions of Little Rock by Kristen Levine.  I haven’t gotten far enough into this to have anything to say about it yet, but I have high hopes!

 

Kiddo is reading:

I’ve Got an Elephant by Anne Ginkel, illustrated by Janie Bynum.

This fun, rhyming, counting book was a hit at our house.  In fact, we read it several times in a row (as in, I closed the cover, and Preschooler announced, “Again, please!”).  The text has a pattern that allows children to participate in the story by predicting the next scene.  We also took the time to count the elephants on each page. This one is Preschooler approved!

 Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray

The classically styled illustrations and simple color scheme in this book are visually appealing.  The writing is creative, weaving a story as you progress through the alphabet.  Some of the vocabulary was a little advanced for my 3yo, but still a wonderful example of an alphabet book.

Bedtime for Bear by Brett Helquist

Bear is ready to settle down for a long winter sleep, but his friends want him to come out and play just one. more. time.  Fun story, and could be a jumping off point for a conversation about hibernation.

The Very Fairy Princessby Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, illustrated by Christine Davenier

Yes, THAT Julie Andrews.  Fans of Pinkalicious or Fancy Nancy might like this alternative series.  Some of the text is overdone, but the message of every little girl having her own “sparkle” inside is a good one.

Love, Mouserella  by David Ezra Stein

I enjoyed Mouserella’s voice in this one.  The plot isn’t captivating, but it’s cute and might inspire your child to letter-writing.  The book was recommended by Danielle at There’s A Book.  You can read her thoughts here.

 

Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff

My favorite part of this book are the illustrations, but the text is wonderful, too.  Baby Bear wakes up from hibernation and as he begins to explore the world outside, he is introduced to all the brilliant colors of spring.  Preschooler  caught on to the story’s pattern quickly and was soon “reading” along with me. This book was recommended to me by Susan at The Book Maven’s Haven.

That’s been our week. What are you reading?  Anything we should add to our library list for our next visit?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Joining up with Jen from Teacher Mentor Texts to share what we’ve been reading in our household this past week.

Mom is reading:

Still reading Mark Zusak’s The Book Thief.  It’s still gripping, but my personal reading time has been limited this week, so I’m still not quite halfway.  I have to say, though, the man is a master at foreshadowing.  Which is, in part, what keeps me reading.  He’ll reference an upcoming event, but it may be another 50 pages (or more!) before that event comes to fruition.   Smart, Mr. Zusak, very smart.

 

Kiddo is reading:

Continuing with our Mo Willems theme, we read Elephant and Piggie’s Should I Share My Ice Cream?  The Elephant and Piggie series have a long “shelf life”.  The simple text is appropriate not only for read alouds with young children and short attention spans, but also for beginning readers who are just starting the process of reading to themselves.  And no matter what, Willems books always make me smile.

 

While at the library this week, Preschooler selected this one to read. I Don’t Want to Go to Schoolby Stephanie Blake would be a cute book to prepare a little one for his/her first school experience. I wasn’t overwhelmed by the illustrations, but the superhero style character would appeal to both boys and girls. And I could relate to the way Rabbit’s parents responded to the oft repeated refrain of “No way!”  Small kids at home, anyone?

 

I love, love,lovethis book. Ella Sarah Gets Dressed  by Margaret Chodos-Irvine is a must for any parent who is tempted to say “no” when your child wants to walk out of the house in a superhero costume, or princess gown, or Punky Brewster-style ensemble.  I don’t know what else to say about this.  If you haven’t read it– please do.

Karen Katz has long been one of my favorite authors for the baby/toddler set.  At almost 3, Preschooler is just about too old for Katz’s books (sob!).  BUT!  She loves to sing, so when I saw this on the library display, I scooped it up.  The illustrations are bright and cheerful.  The text includes some of the well-known verses to “The Wheels on the Bus”, but also has some new and original verses mixed in.  We actually sang this one at bedtime and I know it was a hit because I then heard Preschooler singing it to her babies after I had tucked her in and shut the door.

That’s been our week. What are you reading?  Anything we should add to our library list for our next visit?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

In my quest to get back into blogging here, I’m joining up with Jen from Teacher Mentor Texts to share what we’ve been reading in our household this past week.  I have to say, though, that the other bloggers linked up are able to cover alot more material each week than I am, so if you’re really looking for recommendations, head on over there.

Mom is reading:

I just started Mark Zusak’s The Book Thief.   I’ve been reading and hearing about this title for a long time, but only recently have I been able to start reading for pleasure (thank you, Baby, for sleeping through the night!)  I can see what the fuss is about.  This book sucks you in from the very beginning, with it’s unique narrator, and from there it’s difficult to put down.  Even when you know that there’s a 4am feeding on the horizon, and that the Preschooler is feeling under the weather and is going to want extra attention in the morning, and there’s that doctor’s appointment that you made for 9am, and…and…and…. How’s that for a recommendation?

Kiddo is reading:

I’ve been a fan of Mo Willems since reading the original Knuffle Bunny.  However, that particular book (and the Knuffle Bunny books that followed) still go slightly above Preschooler’s head.  However, this one has become a bedtime favorite.  She likes the simple text because she can “read” it herself.  The flutter, flap, and zoom sounds don’t hurt either.  I’ve heard her read this one aloud to her stuffed animals after I’ve tucked her in and closed her door for the night.

This was my first introduction to Karma Wilson, but we’ll be back.  One of Preschooler’s favorite activities is when we visit the “aminals” at a nearby farm.  So this book, with its featured farm animals and wonderful repetition was an instant hit.

 

We had several children’s bibles in our house, but none that I really loved, until we recently received this one as a gift.  This is the first one I’ve found that’s truly appropriate for preschoolers.  The stories are extremely short and cover the basics.  The illustrations are bright and simple.  There are a couple stories missing that I might have included. But as far as writing to the audience… Juliet David does an amazing job.

In addition, we’ve been visiting some constant favorites like Clifford, Thomas and Friends, and Curious George.

That’s been our week. What are you reading?  Anything we should add to our library list for our next visit?