What the Kids are Reading (in March 2015)

John Philip DuckJohn Philip DuckJohn Philip Duck by Patricia Polacco by Patricia Polacco

Really fun – we read this one dozens of times. The only thing I wish is that there was a note at the end with a little more detail as to what’s the real story, and what’s Polacco’s invention.

Math Fables TooMath Fables Too: Making Science CountMath Fables Too: Making Science Count by Greg Tang, illustrated by Taia Morley by Greg Tang, illustrated by Taia Morley

We’ve been on a kick as far as reading fun math books, and this was another winner in that string. Loved the little animal facts included in this one as well!

How Do You Know What Time It IsHow Do You Know What Time It Is?How Do You Know What Time It Is? by Robert E. Wells by Robert E. Wells

The Wells books have been very popular with my children, especially my son, and this was no exception.

DruthersDruthersDruthers by Matt Phelan by Matt Phelan

Unexpectedly delightful – this is a charming story with lovely illustrations. Both kids enjoyed it, but my daughter especially loved it.

Bear Snores OnBear Snores OnBear Snores On by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman

We’ve read two other Bear books, but this was our first time with the original title, and it was just as fun as I expected it would be. My daughter liked repeating the “bear snores on” line quite a bit.

Never Tease a WeaselNever Tease a WeaselNever Tease a Weasel by Jean Conder Soule, illustrated by George Booth by Jean Conder Soule, illustrated George Booth

I was more amused by this one than my kids were, especially my daughter who adamantly did NOT want me to read it again. It’s got some funny lines and vocabulary words, but I didn’t like the illustrations all that much.

Farmer Brown Goes Round and RoundFarmer Brown Goes Round and RoundFarmer Brown Goes Round and Round by Teri Sloat, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcot by Teri Sloat, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcot

This was ok. The kids were mildly entertained by the silliness, but I didn’t think it was worth repeating, and they didn’t ask for it again.

Because You Are My FriendBecause You Are My FriendBecause You Are My Friend by Guido Van Genechten by Guido Van Genechten

Another one picked out by my daughter because of the pink cover, another one that went right back into the library bag after one reading. In the “well at least it’s got that” aspect, the little bear has texture, so it becomes a touch-and-feel book for babies. There are better of those out there (much better), so don’t let that persuade you to give this one a try.

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What the Kids are Reading (in January 2015)

Lots of new library books, lots of books that just missed out on being super favorites. We spent a lot of time reading our own books though, so no worries when the library picks aren’t major hits.

The World According to Musk OxThe World According to Musk OxThe World According to Musk Ox by Erin Cabatingan, illustrated by Matthew Myers by Erin Cabatingan, illustrated by Matthew Myers

We love the books A Is for Musk OxA Is for Musk Ox by Erin Cabatingan, illustrated by Matthew Myers, and Musk Ox CountsMusk Ox Counts by Erin Cabatingan, illustrated by Matthew Myers. This is another good one, but some of the humor is over my kids’ heads. (That’s perhaps a good thing, like when the musk ox is getting flirty.) The illustrations are fantastic, and I loved the “hysterical markers” for each continent. Lots of fun!

Naked Mole Rat Gets DressedNaked Mole Rat Gets DressedNaked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems by Mo Willems

Love Williems – I tend to just wander over to his shelf at the library and grab anything we haven’t already read. This one wasn’t one of our favorites however, and it went back to the library without regrets. I doubt we’ll borrow it again.

HogwashHogwash!Hogwash! by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jim McMullan by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jim McMullan

I’ve become a huge Karma Wilson fan, but like with the Willems title mentioned above, this wasn’t our favorite from her.

Bear Says ThanksBear Says ThanksBear Says Thanks (The Bear Books) by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman

See above, about Karma Wilson. This one is a little late for Thanksgiving, but that’s ok – it’s still a great book.

DragonsDragons (Mythical Creatures)Dragons (Mythical Creatures) by Charlotte Guillain by Charlotte Guillain

My daughter requested a book on dragons, as we drove in to the library. I had no time to go searching for picture books featuring dragons, so instead I went to the nonfiction area. Yes, nonfiction about dragons – it does exist!
For general interest though, I think she’d have preferred a regular picture book. This one didn’t keep her attention.

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What the Kids are Reading (in December 2014)

No surprise, we’ve been reading lots of Christmas books. We have managed to read a few other titles as well though, besides the holiday-themed ones. I already mentioned some of the books in our literary advent, but two of the ones that have been the biggest hits I didn’t mention. So I’ll do that here. 🙂

Mortimer's Christmas MangerMortimer’s Christmas MangerMortimer's Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman

I showed this one on Instagram, because I was so pleasantly surprised by it – my kids loved it, and it had a lot more depth than I thought it was going to have based on the cover. I got it from the library, but I think I need to add it to our collection.

Bear Stays up for ChristmasBear Stays Up for ChristmasBear Stays Up for Christmas (The Bear Books) by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman

Another library book, another one I think we need to get for ourselves. Super cute, and both kids loved it.

PinkaliciousPinkalicious: The Pinkamazing Storybook CollectionPinkalicious: The Pinkamazing Storybook Collection by Victoria Kann by Victoria Kann

My daughter picked this one out, entirely based on the cover. Kudos to the artist – you know how to appeal to my girl! While I got a little tired of the made-up “pink” words in the text, overall it didn’t bother me anywhere near as much as I feared it might. Most of the books my kids select based on the covers don’t live up to even my low expectations, so yay for one that does. That’s not really saying much though, and it’s not one I recommend, or will miss when it goes back to the library. 🙂

0-439-45948-610 Fat Turkeys10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Rich Deas by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Rich Deas

My son’s pick. A couple of the rhymes were clunky, but both kids liked counting down along with the story, and read it happily multiple times before I got tired of it and stashed it back into the library bag for our next trip. Yes, I do that.

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What the Kids are Reading (in November 2014)

Recently it’s been almost all about the science books and/or Dr. Seuss for our library book reading. We still repeat our favorites that we own, but for new material we’ve had a heavy rotation of:

I Can Name 50 Trees TodayI Can Name 50 Trees Today!I Can Name 50 Trees Today!: All About Trees (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library) by Bonnie Worth, illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu by Bonnie Worth, illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu.

A Cat in the Hat Learning Library Title, and I’ll be looking for more of them. It’s got lots of info, but in a fun style that keeps the kids listening, and keeps me reading happily.

Why Oh Why Are Deserts DryWhy Oh Why Are Deserts Dry?Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry?: All About Deserts (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library) by Tish Rabe, illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu by Tish Rabe, illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu

Another Cat in the Hat Learning Library book. This series has been a good discovery for us, and I’m thrilled to see how many titles have been published (and are available through our library). They seem perfect for G’s age (5) and interest level as well.

The Wild Leaf RideThe Wild Leaf RideThe Wild Leaf Ride (Magic School Bus, Scholastic Reader, Level 2) by Judith Stamper, illustrated by Carolyn Bracken by Judith Stamper, illustrated by Carolyn Bracken.

Both kids love this one, which is part of The Magic School Bus series. I kind of hate it – after a half dozen times through it I was ready to hide it until it could go back. Fortunately it’s an early reader type book, and my son isn’t far away from being able to read it himself. I’ll look for another one in the series after he gets a bit farther along in his reading lessons and see if he can handle it all on his own, so I don’t have to repeat these titles.

Hop on PopHop on Pop (I Can Read It All By Myself)Hop on Pop  (I Can Read It All By Myself) by Dr Seuss by Dr Seuss.

Read by G with very minimal help (as in, only a couple of words – mother/father/sister/brother tripped him up, and maybe something else I’m forgetting).

We did also read two picture books:
Pumpkin BabyPumpkin BabyPumpkin Baby by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Susan Mitchell by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Susan Mitchell

Usually I like Yolen’s books, but didn’t care for this one, and I whisked it away before the kids could ask for it repeatedly. The language wasn’t as easy to read aloud as it typically is for her works.

What's in the Egg Little PipWhat’s in the Egg, Little Pip?What's in the Egg, Little Pip? by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman

I didn’t realize what either of the picture book titles were about when I brought them home, and was amused that they both dealt with new babies coming into the family and the big sister’s feelings about that. How appropriate for us right now, although I could have used the Little Pip title even earlier – this one would work during a pregnancy that might be keeping mom from playing in the same ways as before. Great illustrations and very readable – I’ll look for more Little Pip titles, and other books by the author.

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