What the Kids are Reading, vol. 6

Some of the highlights of the books we’ve been reading lately:

The Bee TreeThe Bee TreeThe Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco by Patricia Polacco
We have several trees in our backyard, and two of them my kids call “bee trees.” I think they saw a bee nearby once and made the jump to calling the trees that, but either way it made me speculate that they’d enjoy this book. As soon as I read the title, both kids were enthralled – a bee tree! They loved the story, the action, and the illustrations. Would they have loved it as much without that connection? Probably not, but it worked.

Minnie's DinerMinnie’s Diner: A Multiplying MenuMinnie's Diner: A Multiplying Menu by Dayle Ann Dodds by Dayle Ann Dodds
Fabulous illustrations, and a fun story. The kids liked guessing what came next (hint: it’s always a double.) They didn’t get the math in it at all, but that’s ok – they still loved the book (my son), and liked it (my daughter).

On a FarmOn a FarmOn a Farm (Penguin Young Readers, L1) by Alexa Andrews by Alexa Andrews
My son picked this out on a recent library visit, and was thrilled to discover that he could “read” it. The repetitive structure and picture clues make it so that he can recite the text, whether or not he’s actually reading it. It’s also free for Kindle, so I downloaded a copy and my son was so excited to discover it waiting for him on the one I let him use during quiet time.

Harold Finds a VoiceHarold Finds a VoiceHarold Finds a Voice by Courtney Diemas by Courtney Diemas
I’m not a fan of this book, but my kids adore it. I keep trying to put it in the library bag to return it, and they keep discovering it there and pulling it out – it’s my book! This doesn’t go there! The illustrations are nice, I just find the story line annoying. Mostly the kids look at it themselves now so I’m off the hook for reading it.

Bob booksBob Books, Set 1Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers by Bobby Lynn Maslen
As my son is learning to read, he is loving reading these books. I doubt they’ll remain favorites for long, as he progresses to books with more appealing story lines (Mat sat. Cat sat. Cat sat on Mat. or whatever it is isn’t exactly gripping reading material), but they are working well to let him have the satisfaction of reading a WHOLE BOOK by himself.

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  1. I feel like my son is right on the cusp of learning to read some simple words — he has a few of his favorite books memorized (or nearly memorized) so he can “read” them to us. I definitely want to check out the BOB books. I wonder if they have them at the library…

    • They may not – they’re really flimsy books and would probably be hard to circulate. Most libraries will have emerging reader books (often in their own section), so even if they don’t have Bob books, they should have something else that will work. There are several different series to look for – try the subject heading “Readers (Primary)” to get the easiest ones. Or ask the children’s librarian. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Your comment about Harold Finds a Voice reminds me of all the annoying books I made my mom read to me when I was little. I don’t think she EVER wants to read Puss in Boots again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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