What We're Reading

Monday, March 2, 2015



One of my favorite things to do with the kids is to go to the library together. I always look forward to our weekly trips, and love that my kids have developed their own love and appreciation of books. J will often carry his favorite book around with him, and ask us to read it time and time again! It's always interesting which one he gravitates to each week.

Last month, we made a goal to read five hundred new books together by the end of the year. We are well on our way, and I thought I'd start keeping track of what we've read. I'll  post the titles here, and will do a quick round-up of the ones we enjoyed most that week. I know that I'm always looking for new suggestions, so perhaps this will help someone else out! 


Here are the books we particularly enjoyed this last week!

Frozen Noses by Jan Carr: This last week we've enjoyed not one, but two snowfalls. This book was fun to read because after spending hours outside, we definitely had our share of frozen noses!

Penguin in Peril by Helen Hancocks: This was a fun one. I bit over S's head, so we had to explain it a little to her as the book went on. I really liked the artwork in this one, and it was fun to watch how the penguin was able to evade the cats that were after him. 

Tales of Oliver Pig by Jean Van Leeuwen: I try to get at least one easy chapter book per week. I love the idea of S starting to read books without so many pictures so she can practice using her imagination. One of the stories was about making cookies, so you know S enjoyed that! The other stories were simple, sweet, and very easy for her to follow.

A Mud Pie for Mother by Scott Beck: This one was a huge hit, especially with Pato. He carried "his" library book with him all over the house, and I think we read it no less than twenty times. By the time we returned it, he was able to recite a good chunk of it. The story is about a little pig who wants to get something special for his mother's birthday. He ends up getting her "just what she wanted," but not the way he originally intended. 

Sunflowers by Gail Saunders-Smith: In addition to fiction, every week I also make sure to check out non-fiction educational books. This book is part of a series, and they are super simple to understand. What I love is that S really learns a lot from them, and she picked this one out because she loves sunflowers! She says that she doesn't want to try sunflower seeds, though. Maybe it has something to do with Daddy saying that if she ate one, one would grow in her belly.


4 comments:

  1. I am so SO excited for this series. Seriously the timing is perfect for me - I just started a doc with books I want to put on hold and books I want to actually buy. I was just taking pictures of them, and my iPhone library was getting out of control. So. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Oh good! I'm so glad! It's so fun seeing kids get excited about reading!

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  2. If you are looking for ideas, I always recommend Mo Willems Elephant & Piggie series. Amber recommended them to me and they are just fun. The kids' favorites and my favorites aren't necessarily the same, but they're all good. My favorites are *Can I Play Too?* and *I Broke My Trunk.* I think the kids' favorites are *Should I Share My Ice Cream?* *A Big Guy Took My Ball* and *There's a Bird on my Head.*

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    1. Aren't they great?? My kids have loved them. We've actually read all of them already, but I re-read them every once in a while with them. Willems has some other great books, too. Pato really enjoys "Cat the Cat Who is That?"

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