What the Kids are Reading (in August 2015)

What the Kids are Reading August 2015Boot & ShoeBoot & ShoeBoot & Shoe by Marla Frazee by Marla Frazee

Super cute, and my kids *love* the page with the squirrel running around everywhere. There is a little bit of potty humor because the two dogs pee on the same tree. My kids thought that idea was hilarious, and I was amused at the role that fact ended up playing in the story. We’ve already reread it several times.

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the WorldHow to Make an Apple Pie and See the WorldHow to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman by Marjorie Priceman

I think this suffered by my inflated expectations. We liked it, but didn’t love love love it like I thought we would. It was a fun way to talk about geography a bit, but we’ve already done that so much it didn’t interest my son as much as it likely would have otherwise. I think he was also being too literal with the ideas in it. Why would they travel all the way over there for this – that makes no sense?!? We’re still going to try her follow-up title, How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A.How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A. by Marjorie Priceman

Puff the Magic DragonPuff, the Magic DragonPuff, the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton, illustrated by Eric Puybaret by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton, illustrated by Eric Puybaret

Beautifully illustrated with the familiar text from the famous song. It was surprisingly hard to read the book without singing it. The bittersweet nature of the text also jumped out at me this time (as the last time I heard the song I was still quite young).

Harry and HorsieHarry and HorsieHarry and Horsie (Harry and Horsie Adventures) by Katie Van Camp, illustrated by Lincoln Agnew by Katie Van Camp, illustrated by Lincoln Agnew

Really cute story and illustrations – my kids were entertained by this one.

The Pout Pout FishThe Pout-Pout FishThe Pout-Pout Fish (A Pout-Pout Fish Adventure) by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna

The hit of the month – my kids LOVED it. LOVED it. I’ve lost track of how many times we’ve read it, and I’ve heard them reciting the one refrain again and again. I like a lot of the language in it as well – “kaleidoscope of nope” might be my favorite.

Hopper and WilsonHopper and WilsonHopper and Wilson by Maria Van Lieshout by Maria Van Lieshout

This reminded me a bit of Winnie the Pooh, and I’m not sure why. The gentle story line and illustrations? The odd friendship pairing of an elephant and a mouse? Whatever the reason, it’s a very sweet book, with lovely illustrations.

Pirate Nap a Book of ColorsPirate Nap: A Book of ColorsPirate Nap: A Book of Colors by Danna Smith, illustrated by Valeria Petrone by Danna Smith, illustrated by Valeria Petrone

One of my two Bookroo books this month. We’ve read a lot of books about colors, and this was one of my favorites. An overall story line that holds up on its own, plus integrating the colors into the story, plus pirates = big winner here. My daughter thought the purple monster part was the best.

Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleep-OverHugless Douglas and the Big Sleep-OverHugless Douglas and the Big Sleep-Over by David Melling by David Melling

One of my two Bookroo books this month. I thought it was fine, if nothing too exciting, but my kids were vastly entertained by it (especially the aftermath of the sneeze.) I’m looking for others in this series to get from the library since mine were so tickled by this one.

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Bookroo: A Bookish Subscription Service

bookroo box and wrapped booksSeems like subscription boxes are all the rage right now, and it’s easy to understand why. New items sent right to your door? How fun!

But beauty boxes aren’t my thing, and even clothing ones don’t tempt me that much. I’d rather spend my money on books and things for my kids.

Now a subscription box of kids’ books? SIGN ME UP.

H with Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleep-Over 2Literally, sign me up. I jumped at the chance to try Bookroo. No, this post isn’t sponsored by them (although they did give me a discount code to try them. And I also have a discount for you to try them too!) I was just that enthusiastic to try what looked like such a fun product.

Before I signed up, I checked out what books they’ve been sending in the past. What fun would it be if it’s all old familar books we already have read or own? Nowhere near as much fun as it’d be if they were new discoveries.

Glancing over previous boxes, I found one – ONE – title that we already read, let alone owned. And that solitary title is an absolute favorite, so that speaks well to their taste.

H reading Hugless DouglasSo, we’re trying it out. I signed up for a three-month subscription, and they’re nice enough to let me alternate between picture books and board books.

Our first month’s delivery arrived, and it was all I could do to hold off the kids long enough to get a picture. I had thoughts of taking an unboxing video but that wasn’t happening. Too much excitement by the big kids! (How convenient it is for me that two picture books = one for each kid to immediately claim. Board book subscriptions come with 3 book in each box.)

boo_headIf you want to try Bookroo, you can get $4 off a subscription. Where I think think Bookroo really shines is for gifts – they make it super easy, and the packaging is nice. I would have been delighted to get this as a baby shower gift, and I love the idea of sending this to friends who have new babies.

And a reminder: This post is not sponsored by them, and I’m not an affiliate. They did give me a discount code to use to try their service, but you can also get a discount too: If you click over to them using my link, you’ll automatically get $4 off your order.