Saturday, May 1, 2010

What My Children Are Reading This Week


We're heading to the library this weekend so I'll have all new books to share next week. But even without a trip to the library this past week, we got some new books to read. I took M to Borders on Thursday, where they were having a Buy 2 Get 1 Free sale on bargain books. So I picked up a few for the kids. We also got a few new books through C's monthly Scholastic order. Here are a few of the favorites from our new arrivals.

One of the books M insisted on getting at Borders is a board book called Are You My Mommy? They had three different versions, and she chose the Little Polar Bear one. This is a touch-and-feel book that has a little polar bear trying to find his mommy. He asks several Arctic animals if they are his mommy, and each says no, telling him they don't have his soft fur or small ears or some other feature. It's a very cute book, but probably a bit more appropriate for younger toddlers. Of course, M really loves it. I think she's going to be asking us to read touch-and-feel board books to her until she's 10!

Disney Princess Carry Along TreasuryAnother book we bought this week is the Disney Princess Carry Along Treasury. Like we need more princess books, right? But what can I do when that's what she loves?! This is a very nice collection of five different princess stories, all told in a brief format on board book pages, making it perfect for younger kids who are just being introduced to the princess stories. Each story does mention characters trying to kill other characters, after all, that's what all the princess stories are about in one way or another. But if you're looking to introduce these stories to little ones, this is a good choice. It's a sturdy book, and M likes the handle so she can carry it around with her.

We're Going on a Nature Hunt (Book and Audio CD) (Paperback)I ordered We're Going on a Nature Hunt by Steve Metzger through Scholastic this month. This is a nice story of kids going on a nature hunt ~ obviously! They encounter a bridge, wildflowers, a pond with a frog, a worm, a bird's nest and a bee hive, which sends them back home very quickly! I like that it reminds kids not to touch the flowers and eggs, and to avoid scaring the frog or hurting the  worm. It's a simple book that's easy-to-read, but it has a great lesson in it, especially if you do spend a lot of time out on nature hunts. We do, which is why I'm glad I bought this one.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel: Meet the 'Munks (I Can Read Book 2)The last book is one C requested from Scholastic. It's an I Can Read! version of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. This is a level 2 book, but C was able to read most of it the first time through, and now is able to read it independently. He saw the movie so he likes being able to read about it on his own, and he stops occasionally to tell us more about the movie. He read this book to M the other night. She wasn't nearly as interested, partly because of the subject matter ~ she has not seen the movie so she really isn't interested in the Chipmunks ~ and partly because he reads a lot slower than she's used to! But it's a cute book that basically retells the movie storyline in a very simple way.

What have you been reading with your kids lately? Hop over to Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns and share!

5 comments:

  1. All these books look like one's I might look into. I know what you mean about not needing more Princess books, but what can we say!

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  2. We're Going on A Nature Hunt sounds great, I might ahve to see if I can find it.
    Ditto on the Princess books, and those are the ones that get destroyed most often because of frequency of reading.

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  3. Thanks for joining. Going on a nature hunt sounds interesting. LOL on reading touch-and-feel books until 10 - Anna sometimes gets interested in them too, I just refuse to buy them ;) I got her one Princess early reader from the library, and she is opposite to M - she has no idea who most of the characters are, but she was excited to read Cinderella page. It still migrated to her favorite shelf, so I guess she liked it even though I haven't seen her reading it again.

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  4. Wow, sounds like your son's reading is really moving along! I loved it when my older son read to my younger one...before he knew how, he would pretend to "read" favorites that he could recite.

    My younger son loved all kinds of tactile books, too - also the kind where you can pull tabs and do stuff.

    Your daughter's board book choice reminds me of one of our all-time favorites - Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman. Have you read that to the kids yet? Craig loved it even after he was way too old for it. The "snort" was his favorite part! I bet your son could even read it on his own - it's an I Can Read book (one of the originals).

    I have no experience at all with princess books!

    Sue

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  5. We will be looking out "Going on a nature hunt." We do Nature studies with the boys and I think my preschooler would love this book.

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