Saturday, January 30, 2010

What My Children Are Reading This Week

I stopped at the library again this week! M and I met some friends for story time on Tuesday and picked up a few more books, of course. We're still working on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with C this week. Here are some of the books we've been reading with M.

Fisher-Price: A Home for Polar Bear: Where Animals LiveWe picked up A Home for Polar Bear: Where Animals Live by Gail Herman because M's theme at school this week was polar bears. I really liked this book, and so did M. It's about a little polar bear who floats away on her iceberg one day. She encounters all sorts of other animals ~ a lion, a pelican, an elephant and more ~ and considers living with them, but there's always some reason why their home wouldn't make a good home for her. Eventually, she ends up back in the arctic with her friends. It's a really cute book and a great introduction to animal habitats.

Jazz BabyM loves babies so I picked up two fun baby-related books, and they both ended up having great rhythm! The first is called Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler. M and I both really love it. It's a lot of fun to read if you get into a rhythm with it. And M likes the baby, of course. It's about a family dancing and singing in a jazzy sort of way, while the baby bee-bops too. Here's how it starts: "Brother's hands tap. Sister's hands snap. Itty-bitty Baby's hands CLAP-CLAP-CLAP!" The illustrations are fun and fit great with the dancing rhythm of the story.

Me Baby, You BabyThe other baby-related book I found at the library is Me Baby, You Baby by Ashley Wolff. This is a sweet book about two mommies who take their babies on a trip to the zoo. They start in the morning when the babies are just waking, and end with the babies going down to sleep. In addition to the two human families, we also see animal mommies and babies at the zoo. Here's how this one starts: "Stretch baby, yawn baby, here comes the dawn, baby." The rhythm of this story is lovely and soothing.

Duck! Rabbit!The last book we picked up at the library this week is Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld. I had seen this book on several blogs and thought the kids would get a kick out of it. Unfortunately, they didn't seem to enjoy it nearly as much as I had expected. I think M was mostly confused by it, and C seemed to think it was some sort of test. He kept trying to figure out what it really was. I don't think he was willing to accept the fact that we will never know what it really was! I honestly think this bothered him. I, on the other hand, loved the book and thought it was very clever.

What have you been reading with your children this week? Hop on over to Mouse Grows Mouse Learns to share!


  1. These books look very sweet Julie!

  2. These look like some good books.

  3. The first book looks very interesting, and I think Anna would enjoy it too. You might want to look for Ten Little Fingers Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox - Anna loved the story, and it has some "geographic" undertones, so to speak. She is not as wild about babies in general as M is though. And I looked through the Duck! book in the library and rejected it for those reasons exactly - I thought that Anna will not "get" it.


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