Saturday, December 11, 2010

What My Children Are Reading


This week, we've been reading an assortment of books. Some were from the library and some were pulled from our bookshelves after sitting there for a long time.

How Rocket Learned to ReadThe first book was on Natalie's list at Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns a few weeks ago. It's How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hill, and M and I just love this book. It's an adorable story of a little bird who wants to teach, and a dog who becomes intrigued by the story the bird is reading and soon becomes the bird's student. M loves that several words are spelled out throughout the book, so she can read the letters and then sound out the words. And it's a very cute story that celebrates the joy of learning.

A Good DayAnother big hit for us is A Good Day by Kevin Henkes. M picked this up from the toddler section of the library and it's a great find! We got the board book version, and it's a very simple story with a great lesson. It starts out with "It was a bad day," and continues on with stories from each of the animals pictured on the front of the book having something bad happen. But then things turn around and each experiences something good, and in the end, it's a good day for all. I really loved this book and M did too! It's one I would consider giving as a gift.

Dinosaur vs. the PottyAnother book that was on Natalie's list a couple weeks ago is Dinosaur vs. the Potty by  Bob Shea. I have to say this wasn't one of my favorites, but M loves it. I think I just get bored saying Roar over and over, but it is a cute story. The story is about Dinosaur who doesn't want to use the potty and keeps doing things like drinking and playing in water, until he can't hold it anymore. M is one who "holds it" way too much. So I was hoping the story would help in that area, but it doesn't seem to have had an effect on that. As I sit typing this at 10:15pm on Friday night, M is actually sitting next to me because she doesn't go to bed either. So we just noticed there's another book called Dinosaur vs. Bedtime. We may have to check that one out next! I think maybe M's real name is Dinosaur.

The Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House, No. 2)C started reading the Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne that I read to him a couple years ago. I've suggested he read them for the past couple months, but he hasn't been interested. So I decided to read the first one to him to spark his interest, and it worked. I read the first half of Dinosaurs Before Dark, and he read the rest. Then he started on The Knight at Dawn, and he read it in two days ~ he actually sat up until 9:30 on Thursday night reading all but the first chapter, which he had read the night before. We only have two more, and I have a feeling he'll be done with those soon, so I'm going to have to reserve a few more from the library!

What have you been reading with your children this week? Hop on over to Mouse Grows Mouse Learns to share! And check out my latest giveaway, which is ending tonight. It's a book about bullying written by a former bully.

5 comments:

  1. We own How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hill. I also like how the words are spelled out. Another book with spelled out words is Abigail Spells by Anna Alter.

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  2. My oldest was the same way with the Magic Tree House series - I read the first to him, and he took off through the rest - it was so much fun to watch. I haven't found a series like it since, that has caught his total interest.

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  3. These look like great books. I really like How Rocket Learned to Read. Sounds like a wonderful learning book.

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  4. I had the same reaction to Dinosaur vs Potty. I didn't enjoy it, but Anna did. She also reads in her bed until at least 9 pm every night, but so far she has not been interested in reading "real chapter books" that are longer than Henry and Mudge and such. I think smaller font really throws her off.

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  5. Both of my boys LOVED the Magic Tree House Books! Wonderful books - and there are so many, they'll keep him busy for a long time.

    We usually read holiday picture books out loud at bedtime this time of year, but we haven't started yet. Then again, my boys are now 12 and 16!! Still, I'd be sad if this tradition was over for good - I'm sure we'll still read some of their favorites.

    Sue

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