Saturday, March 5, 2011

What My Children Are Reading

We made it to the library last weekend, so we finally have some new books to report on. It was actually a pretty successful trip since both kids seem to really like the books they've been reading.

Dot and Bob (Green Light Readers Level 1)I got M a couple more level one Green Light Readers. The first is Dot and Bob by David McPhail. It's about a little girl and her dog. The dog likes to dig holes, so the girl and the mother get his help to dig the hole to plant a tree. From the title, you can probably see that this book has a lot of short "o" words in it, but it has a pretty good blend of other words that are easy to sound out, as well as some sight words like it, is, likes, to, too, etc. At the end of the book, there are some questions to answer, which I like because I'm able to better judge her comprehension with those.

Big Pig and Little Pig (Green Light Readers Level 1)The other Green Light Readers book I got her is Big Pig and Little Pig by David McPhail. I think this story was a bigger hit. It's about two pigs who are each making their own pool. They have to dig and get buckets and fill their pools. The illustrations are very cute, as is the story. This one has a cute idea for making a piggy sandwich at the end. And both Green Light Readers have a Meet the Author-Illustrator in the back, with a short, interesting paragraph about David McPhail. You can see M reading a page from this book here.

Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!C read a ton of Dr. Seuss books this week, some to himself and some to his sister. I'd expect he read even more at school. He really loves Dr. Seuss books because they're pretty easy for him to read, especially now, but they are so much fun. His favorites are The Cat in the Hat and Oh the Thinks You Can Think! In addition to him reading Dr. Seuss, my husband and I also read Dr. Seuss books to both kids in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday.

Caravan (Choose Your Own Adventure - Dragonlark)In addition to the Dr. Seuss books, C's also been reading some books I got a the library for him. I decided to introduce him to the Choose Your Own Adventure types of books that I loved as a kid. I picked up The Haunted House and Caravan, both by R. A. Montgomery. In each book, the reader gets to create the story by making a decision at the end of each page as to what the characters will do. For example, if he chooses to go into the haunted house, he has to turn to a certain page; if he chooses to run away, he has to turn to a different page. These books are for younger readers as they only have about half a page of words on each page, with the rest taken up by pictures. They make choices on every page. Montgomery has other books that are more like chapter books that I think I'll try next time. C really likes these books and has read them each several times since he can change the outcome each time.

Finally, I wanted to mention a list of books that I thought might interest some of you. It's 30 Great Books That Teach Children to Be Green. I'll revisit this list in more detail in the future, but wanted to mention it today as well in case you'd like to check it out.

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


  1. The green light readers look rather interesting. I'll have to see if our library has any.

  2. I also looked into the Green Reading list. We put The Great Kapok Tree on hold. That sounds very good. A few others I liked weren't at our library :( May have to find Giggles the Green Bean elsewhere! Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Thanks for sharing "green list". Anna still loves the easy readers and always brings a bunch of them from our joint trips to the library. The stories are simpler, but they are often closer to her comfort level in terms of content. A lot of chapter books we tried were "too intense" for her, since they are targeted to kids at least 2-3 years older. She also loves many Dr Seuss books. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

  4. I remember Choose your own adventure from when I was a kid. I bet my son would like them now.

  5. I'm not sure I've seen the Green Light readers in our library. Next time I'm there I'll have to take a look.


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