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.
AlphaOops!: 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 Adventure and Alphabet Mystery 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 ABC by June Sobel.
Cute, but not one the kids have asked for again after taking it back to the library.
The Racecar Alphabet 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 Tales by Raina Moore and A First Book of Fairy Tales
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 Story 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 Socks 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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