What the Kids are Reading (in April 2015)

We didn’t have all that many new picture books that we finished this month. We’ve been reading more chapter books, and rereading old favorites, so the new picture book total is slim:

QuestQuestQuest by Aaron Becker by Aaron Becker

Becker’s the author of JourneyJourney by Aaron Becker (mentioned on the blog previously), and if you liked that one you’ll want to read Quest as well – it’s more of the same, in the very best way. I like hearing what the kids think is going on with each page. Wordless picture books took a little getting used to, but now I generally love them.

Angus and the DucksAngus and the DucksAngus and the Ducks by Marjorie Flack by Marjorie Flack

We may be relatively new to Flack, but I’m a huge fan of her work now. Love the illustrations in this one! My son loved it too – he asked for it to be repeated twice the first time we read it, and has continued to ask for it. A prime example of why there weren’t many new picture books finished this month. 😉

You Are the Best MedicineYou Are the Best MedicineYou Are the Best Medicine by Julie Aigner Clark, illustrations by Jana Christy by Julie Aigner Clark, illustrations by Jana Christy

My daughter’s pick from the library – she always goes for the ones with pink colors. And this one got a quick scan by me and then it went back into the library bag. No, nope, not gonna read it. But if you are looking for a cancer book, or just a book where a parent is sick – this might be one you want to check out.

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What the Kids are Reading (in April 2014)

Here’s what I’ve been reading to the kids in April:

JourneyJourneyJourney by Aaron Becker by Aaron Becker
A wordless picture book, and my kids LOVED it. It’s very reminiscent of Harold and the Purple CrayonHarold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, although the illustration style is completely different.

LocomotiveLocomotive Locomotive by Brian Floca by Brian Floca
Beautiful illustrations, and packed with text. I wasn’t sure if my youngest would stay interested in the entire book, but she did. Highly recommended for young train fans, if it’s somehow slipped your notice (as a Caldecott winner, that seems unlikely)

How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant SunflowersHow to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers: A Simple but Brilliant Plan in 24 Easy StepsHow to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers by Mordicai Gerstein by Mordicai Gerstein
Very funny in a silly way, and while the kids liked it well enough while reading it the first time, they’ve never requested it again. I would have expected my son to want to hear it again, but he’s been much more interested in the JourneyJourney by Aaron Becker book mentioned above.

Ben Rides OnBen Rides OnBen Rides On by Matt Davies by Matt Davies
A gentle introduction to bullies, if that doesn’t sound completely contradictory. My son liked it a lot.

Have You Seen My New Blue SocksHave You Seen My New Blue Socks?Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
My daughter especially enjoyed this one. It’s a very quick, very cute read, with lots of simple rhymes that encouraged my kids to guess the sentence ending.

Awesome Snacks and AppetizersAwesome Snacks and AppetizersAwesome Snacks and Appeti/zers (You're the Chef series) by Kari Cornell by Kari Cornell
Very simple ideas and recipes, but this is an excellent introduction to following a recipe and cooking for younger children. My son has already selected one he wants to try, and if I would ever remember to buy the ingredients we need for it, we will.

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