What the Kids are Reading vol. 2

We’ve branched out a bit since last month, and aren’t reading alphabet books almost exclusively.

B is for BulldozerB Is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABCB is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABC written by June Sobel and illustrated by Melissa Iwai
Our one new alphabet book for the month. Both kids really like it – all the fun illustrations, and how there is an overall story behind the individual letters. The rhymes themselves are so-so, and I doubt that I’ll ever get this one out from the library again.

And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry StreetAnd to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss
I’m assuming I read this classic Dr. Seuss title when I was a child, because some of the illustrations were vaguely familiar, and the title/refrain was extremely familiar. But beyond those hints of “I’m sure I’ve read this way back when,” it was almost a new book. And it was definitely new to the kids. They like it, but don’t love it.

Goodnight MoonGoodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
An old favorite, but my daughter has recently become obsessed with it. She demands that I read it to her before her nap and before bedtime. She has to point out the mouse on every page (I’m not going to confess precisely how long it took me to notice that he moves around the room). She also has to take it into her crib with her. And she calls it “night moon?” So cute.

The Tall Book of Nursery TalesThe Tall Book of Nursery Tales
Specifically, the Gingerbread Boy tale (read by momma), and the Three Little Pigs tale (read by daddy). The rest of the book? Who cares – Gingerbread Boy and the Big Bad Wolf are where the action is.

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What the Kids Are Reading

I read with my kids all. the. time. My baby girl regularly brings me a book saying “Read books?” Of course sweetie. I may not be the mom who does lots of crafts and art projects with my kids, but I am definitely the mom who is always up for a book or ten.

We do buy books, but I also rely on the library a lot, to keep us in fresh reading material. It helps keep me from losing my mind from reading the same stories a thousand times in one week, and they also love regularly having new stories to discover. My son is always excited on library day to see what books I brought home for him.

So what have we been reading lately? Lots of alphabet books because I love seeing how the same general subject is treated by different authors and illustrators, filled in by other titles as I have room on my library card.

AlphaOopsAlphaOops!: The Day Z Went FirstAlphaOops!: The Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis.
The kids love this one, and so do I. It’s a funny story, and the illustrations are wonderful. Lots of fun stuff to find on some of the pages as well – this one was such a winner that I bought our own copy.

Alphabet AdventureAlphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood and Alphabet MysteryAlphabet Mystery by Audrey Wood by Audrey Wood.
Both kids love these, although I’m not as crazy about it. They’re fine, just don’t knock my socks off like some others have. My son especially likes finding the missing dot from Alphabet Adventure, and of the two I prefer that one.

Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABCShiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel by June Sobel.
Cute, but not one the kids have asked for again after taking it back to the library.

The Racecar AlphabetThe Racecar Alphabet by Brian Floca by Brian Floca.
Great illustrations, and while I expected my son to love it with all of the car illustrations (because he has been obsessed with cars since he was only a few months old), my daughter does too. I thought the writing was a little bit uneven, but since I’ve returned it they’ve both asked for it again.

The Tall Book of Nursery TalesThe Tall Book of Nursery Tales by Raina Moore by Raina Moore and A First Book of Fairy TalesA First Book of Fairy Tales by Mary Hoffman
by Mary Hoffman.

We read these as a bedtime story, and the kids LOVE daddy’s rendition of the Three Little Pigs. The illustrations are really pretty in both of them, but overall I prefer the First Book of Fairy Tales.

The Easter StoryThe Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith by Brian Wildsmith.
My kids were a little young for this one, and didn’t care about it. We’ll try again next year.

Ducks Don’t Wear SocksDucks Don't Wear Socks by John Nedwidek by John Nedwidek.
Another one where the kids like it more than I do. Why does the duck have to yell all the time? Why is he wearing pants sometimes and not other times? Why does the little girl go from barely smiling to wearing a duck costume so quickly? I know, it’s a picture book, I should just roll with these things, but these are the sorts of issues that keep me from loving a book as much as some others.

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Favorite Picture Books

Just like in my Favorite Board Books post, I’m trying to go beyond some of the classic picture books like The Poky Little PuppyFavorite Picture Books - The Poky Little Puppy and Harold and the Purple CrayonFavorite Picture Books - Harold and the Purple Crayon. I’ve also excluded some that I enjoy more than my children (such as Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That TypeClick, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, although I’m hoping they’ll like this series when they’re a little bit older). In other words, I’m listing books that are favorites picture books for everyone.

Favorite Picture Books - Guess How Much I Love YouGuess How Much I Love YouFavorite Picture Books - Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram

This might be considered a modern classic. Gorgeous illustrations, and lovely, gentle story, and a sweet message. While it’s available as a board book, I think the story is better suited for children just a bit older, and would definitely recommend the picture book version.

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