What the Kids are Reading (in May 2015)

Just like last month, we still didn’t have all that many new picture books that we finished this month.

Frogs Play CellosFrogs Play CellosFrogs Play Cellos (Did You Know?) by Laura Lyn DiSiena and Hannah Eliot, illustrated by Pete Oswald and Aaron Spurgeon by Laura Lyn DiSiena and Hannah Eliot, illustrated by Pete Oswald and Aaron Spurgeon

I think this would work better not as a true introduction to instruments but reinforcement for children who already know the names and concepts. We read it through once but my two were not interested in it at all. We’ll try it again another time.

Inside WeatherInside WeatherInside Weather (Inside Series) by Mary Kay Carson by Mary Kay Carson

My son’s pick, and it was quite timely, as we’re also reading a WeatherWeather (Usborne Beginners, Level 2) book for school. They go together quite nicely. The only thing I don’t like about this one is there are lots of fold-out pages that have me policing the use of the book more – they’d be easy to rip. This has more text than other books my son has tried to read on his own, but the layout keeps him from feeling overwhelmed, and he likes the information, so he’s stuck with it.

Air Is All Around YouAir Is All Around YouAir Is All Around You (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) by Franklyn Branley, illustrated by John O'Brien by Franklyn Branley, illustrated by John O’Brien

Read it once, and then I put it away in the library bag. It includes some simple experiments mentioned in the text, but “simple” does not always equal “easily doable with three small children,” and the way the information is presented means it’s hard to skip over it without having kids asking questions. “Why can’t we do that?” “Because I do not have the mental and physical energy to wrangle you two and the baby and anything involving water and food coloring, that’s why.”

Also, the illustrations were a little bit creepy to me. The eyes! So freaky!

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