Saturday, November 20, 2010

What My Children Are Reading

I'm still reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to C. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: 10th Anniversary Edition (Harry Potter)I'm sure it will be a couple more weeks before we're done. I will say we're about halfway through the book and I'm worried it's going to end up being too scary to finish. He's quite worried about Voldermort coming back for Harry, and he was even a bit scared of the ghosts that Harry encounters when he first goes to Hogwarts. Those ghosts aren't even meant to be scary so I don't know that he's going to make it through the parts of the book that are actually scary! If we do get through this one, I doubt we'll move on to the next until he's a bit older. I know they get scarier as time goes on.

Now on to some fun Thanksgiving books that we got from the library this week! I will say that I was a bit limited since most of the Thanksgiving books were out already. But I did find three that I can recommend.

The Night Before Thanksgiving (Reading Railroad Books)The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing is very cute, and I'd say it's my favorite for the week. It's a complete look at a family from the night before Thanksgiving through the whole Thanksgiving day and into the next day. From preparing the food, to visitors arriving, to playing with cousins, to eating leftovers the day after, we see the entire Thanksgiving experience. What makes the story even more fun is that it's set to the rhythm of Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Daisy's Crazy ThanksgivingThe other storybook we got about Thanksgiving is a bit strange. It's Daisy's Crazy Thanksgiving by Margery Cuyler. This one is not a typical family Thanksgiving. Instead, it's about a little girl whose family owns a restaurant. Every year, the restaurant is very busy on the holiday and she has to work a lot. So she asks to go to her grandparents' house for Thanksgiving. After warnings from her parents about how crazy the family is, she heads off to dinner. The family ends up being extremely crazy, a bit too crazy to seem real at all, and her parents eventually come to get her and bring her back home. It's funny, but a little odd as well.

Finally, we got a nonfiction book called Thanksgiving (Holidays) by Lynda Sorensen. This one is an easy-to-read book about Thanksgiving from the pilgrims to modern times. I'd guess it's at about a second grade reading level. I know C could read it, although I haven't had him do so yet. I like that it gives a good overview of the pilgrims, the Mayflower, the first harvest celebration, the events that led up to Thanksgiving becoming a national holiday in the U.S, and the ways in which today's Thanksgiving celebrations are founded in those early traditions.

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


  1. My 7-year-old is on chapter four of Chamber of Secrets. He's okay with scary books, as long as there are no mummies involved, but I just finished number 6--I'm not sure he's ready for that one yet. Plus I don't think he'd appreciate all the snogging.

  2. I am making efforts to wait until Anna is older - Harry Potter is one of my most favorite books, and I hope that she will love it when she gets to read it. I also know that she has to be quite a bit older to appreciate them. I learned from the past experiences to start my holiday library hunting early enough, and sometimes also books get freed up directly before the holidays. I am already stocking up for Hanukkah :) Thanks for joining WMCIR!


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