Saturday, March 27, 2010

What My Children Are Reading This Week

This week, we made it back to the library, and got a whole new set of books to read. Unfortunately, M has been on a reading strike this week. We usually read at night before bed, and lately she's been wanting to just go to bed without reading. I guess I need to pull out the books more during the day. So for this week, I'm going to focus on the books we've been reading with C.

If You Decide To Go To The Moon (Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards))If You Decide to go to the Moon by Faith McNulty is a book that was chosen for a children's book club we joined. It's written as a sort of manual; the first line is, "If you decide to go to the moon in your own rocket ship, read this book before you start." This is a cute story as it's told by a child and the illustrations are of him going to the moon, not an adult. It includes some great facts, such as how far away the moon is and how long it takes to get there, as well as what seems like a realistic description of what it's like on the moon. But it's all done in a fun, child-oriented way. C seemed to like the story. It does have a message at the end about protecting all life on Earth.

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover))When we were picking up the previous book at the library, C saw Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca, and wanted to borrow that one as well. This was my favorite of the two books. It's a complete retelling of the mission of Apollo 11 to the moon, from the time they climb into the rocket to the time they splash down on Earth. I love that it includes the people at home watching the landing on TV. I'm not sure if C got as much out of this as I did, but I really loved this book.

The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg: A Retelling of Aesop's Fable (Read-It! Readers)One of the early readers that we picked up this week is The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg: A Retelling of Aesop's Fable by Mark White. I have to admit, I didn't see the subtitle on the book, so I was shocked by the ending when C started reading about the farmer killing the goose! I doubt I would have picked this one up if I had realized how it would end. It's a Read-It! Readers blue level book, and C was able to read it well. He's read other books in the purple level, but it seems he's ready for the red and blue levels now.

BiscuitAnother early reader that C picked out was Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. I think this one is a bit below his reading level, but he liked it. I think this may be the first in the Biscuit series since all the others have Biscuit doing things in the title, whereas this is just Biscuit. In this story, it's time for bed but Biscuit keeps finding different things to do to stall. It sounds like bedtime at my house too! C liked it and I think we'll probably pick up more Biscuit stories in the future. We did get Biscuit's Show and Share Day by the same author, but haven't read it yet. It's definitely a higher reading level than this first one.

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  1. Yikes!! Doesn't it seem crazy that we already have to think about reading ahead with some of these books!

  2. We love the Bisquit series. I learned the hard way to really look over books before I bring them home.

  3. I had similar experiences with some of the books - they suddenly veered off into the places I wasn't prepared to go. But the first book sounds extremely interesting - I like the books that invite young readers to be part of the story. Too bad about M's reading strike - I have to admit that it had never ever happened here :)

  4. Have you read Footprints on the Moon by Mark Haddon? I feel like it's more of a parent's book than a child's read, but I really enjoyed it and it would fit into your moon theme well =)

  5. My son enjoys the Biscuit books as well, but I'm still reading them to him. I think they'll make great readers when my guy gets a little older!

  6. So many great books this week, that first one looks especially interesting.
    Yes, that is hte first book in the Biscuit series.

  7. The space books both look good. My youngest son loved the Biscuit books - they helped him learn to read - then we passed them onto his cousin. He also has a little beanbag dog named Biscuit that he's had since he was a toddler (he's 12 now), so that helped!



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