Friday, March 19, 2010

What My Children Are Reading This Week

Thanks for stopping by! We didn't get to the library this week, but we have lots of books from last week's trip that we've been reading. I have a few new books I've requested, too, so I'm sure I'll be heading over there again this weekend. Anyway, here are a few of the books we've been reading this week.

The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet TownI picked up The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra for M. This is a cute book that follows the little letters as they get ready for bed. I'm always looking for new books that show the lower case letters, since I want to reinforce this with M, so I was pleased with this one. It's not a spectacular book, but it's cute and the illustrations are fun ~ the little letters are drawn with faces and arms and legs, and have silly expressions on many pages.

Sammy the SealOne of the books I picked up for C to read is Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff. This is an I Can Read Book that is fairly long at 64 pages. It took C a few nights to get through it, although that was more to do with his being tired from a long day at school than the difficulty of the reading. The story is about a seal that leaves the zoo for the day and ends up in a school. It's a cute story and C seemed to like it, although he prefers Star Wars early readers! I like that some of the pages have just one sentence, but others have almost a full page of text. I figure this is a good way to ease him into books with more text on the pages.

Mapping Penny's WorldAnother book I got from the library last week is Mapping Penny's World by Loreen Leedy. I thought this would be a great addition to our geography lessons. The story is about a girl who shows maps of all sorts of things, including her room, her yard, her neighborhood and the local park. It talks a lot about the key on a map, which shows what symbols mean. And I liked how it showed the different types of maps. M let me read it a few times, but I'm not sure how much she got from it. C only wanted to read it once, and he seemed interested in learning about the key. Overall, I recommend the book if you want to introduce maps, but my kids weren't thrilled with it.

Disney Princess MagicThe last book I'll mention is one we bought last weekend: Disney Princess Magic, which is a First Look and Find book. M really loves princesses, if you haven't noticed before! And she likes these look and find books. We have another one with a Little People theme. They feature picture clues rather than words, and the pages aren't too cluttered, so finding the items is fairly easy. But M still enjoys them. And this book, like the Little People one, has extra activities listed in the back, such as finding different colors or shapes or things that rhyme with certain words. So there's more to do once you've found all the items on the pages.

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


  1. We have the Disney Princess Magic too, it's very popular here. We've got a bunch of the first look and finds.
    I'm going to have to see if I can find Mapping Penny, that looks like a good book for right now, like you said good for the geography.

  2. The library were I worked at had a large set of those First Look and Find books. They circulated a lot!

  3. Thanks for joining this week! I looked at Mapping Penny in the library once, but it appeared to be targeted more for somewhat older kids. Anna enjoyed "Follow This Map" that we found recently. I might review it in my of my geography posts. We really liked The Sleepy Little Alphabet when we stumbled upon it a few months ago. And, interestingly, Anna is still completely indifferent to princesses and never selects these books from the library.

  4. I loved all the Syd Hoff books! My younger son really enjoyed them, too - I always liked it when I could introduce books that I read as a kid to my own kids. Danny the Dinosaur was a big hit at our house.

    As for ABC books, my youngest loved Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.



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