What the Kids are Reading (in July 2015)

What the Kids are Reading July 2015Lots of books because it was a two-library-visit month. It was also the end of the summer reading program but I spaced it and forgot before the deadline and the kids never got to turn in their cards and redeem their points for prizes. Nobody tell them what they missed out on, ok?

The Right WordThe Right Word: Roget and His ThesaurusThe Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

I absolutely adored this book. It’s so clever, and the illustrations and text layout work so well for the story. That said, this is a picture book that works better for older readers – it didn’t engage my daughter at all. My son liked it more, although it still wasn’t his favorite. Sniffle.

Duck RabbitDuck! Rabbit!Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Another one that is so clever. The illustration is fabulous – is it a duck? is it a rabbit? The text works through which it could be, with two unseen narrators each picking a different option. Lots of fun to read, and both kids enjoyed it. The little surprise at the end amused me as well.

You Nest Here with MeYou Nest Here With MeYou Nest Here With Me by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple, illustrated by Melissa Sweet by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

A gentle read that would be ideal for bedtime. There’s lots of information packed into it as well, and my son really liked reading the extra details about the birds at the back of the book.

Clara and DavieClara and DavieClara and Davie by Patricia Polacco by Patricia Polacco

I love Polacco, and this is another typical one for her. Fun illustrations, and nice story. It’s another one where it worked better for my son than daughter, as it didn’t keep her interest that much.

Carmine a Little More RedCarmine: A Little More RedCarmine: A Little More Red by Melissa Sweet by Melissa Sweet

A reimagination of the Red Riding Hood story, by an illustrator I love. Cute story, cute illustrations, and some great vocabulary. The familiar story pleased my kids, and they liked the way it wasn’t *exactly* the story they knew.

Elsie's BirdElsie’s BirdElsie's Bird by Jane Yolen, illustrated by David Small by Jane Yolen, illustrated by David Small

Yolen is such a reliable author that I’m willing to try anything of hers I find on the library shelf. This is an enjoyable book, but not one my kids asked to be repeated. The illustrations are lovely.

Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator!Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator!Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! by Mo Willems by Mo Willems

Willems is always a hit in our house, and this is no exception. Fun story with a nice twist at the end.

Waiting is EasyWaiting Is Not Easy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)Waiting Is Not Easy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems by Mo Willems

Another Willems, this one is reading practice for my son. It’s as great as the Elephant and Piggie books usually are.

Earth-Shaking Facts about EarthquakesThe Earth-Shaking Facts about Earthquakes with Max Axiom, Super ScientistThe Earth-Shaking Facts about Earthquakes with Max Axiom, Super Scientist (Graphic Science) by Katherine Krohn, illustrated by Tod G Smith and Al Milgram by Katherine Krohn, illustrated by Tod G Smith and Al Milgram

One of my son’s birthday books, and he continues to love this series.

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