Saturday, April 16, 2011

What My Children Are Reading


I missed this meme last week because I was participating in a read-a-thon and completely forgot about it! We have been reading a lot though, so I'll share some of the favorites from the past couple weeks.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5 Book Set: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rodrick Rules, The Last Straw, Dog Days, The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, 1-5)First, we got in our Scholastic order, which included the complete set of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney. C had already read the first one (and you can click here to win it!) so this week, he read Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. Now, I have not read these books, but he seems to like them a lot. I decided to get some information out of him. First I asked if he were older, would he want to be friends with Greg, the main character who is writing the journal/book. He said no. Evidently Greg is not a very likable kid. He said he really wouldn't want to be friends with any of the kids. I then asked his favorite part of this second book. He said it was when Roderick, the older brother, throws a party and Greg gets locked in the basement while getting tables and chairs. Then he said one of the kids at the party takes a picture with the mom's camera and the dad finds the picture later under the couch and the boys get in trouble. I did read on Common Sense Media that one of the good things about these books is the boys get in trouble for the things they do wrong. Anyway, that's all I know about the books at this point, but C really likes them!

Phonics Fun with Barbie (Barbie) (Phonics Boxed Sets)Also in the Scholastic pack was a set of books for M: Phonics Fun with Barbie by Jennifer Liberts Weinberg. This is a set of 12 very tiny books for beginner readers ~ they are absolutely perfect for M. We both love them. She has been reading the first three books several times this week. I'd say they're around DRA 3-4 at most, so kindergarten level. Check out the Look Inside feature on Amazon if you're considering getting them. They show a lot on there. Basically, each page has one sentence that contains maybe 5-8 words or so. Each book focuses on a specific sound, such as short e or short a, and several sight words. They're just challenging enough for M that she has to sound out some words. But the stories are cute and definitely of interest to her.

Ambush (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)One of the books C got from his school library is Ambush: Star Wars Clone Wars by Zachary Rau. This is a great book for Star Wars fans. It's a graphic novel featuring glossy color pictures from the Clone Wars TV show Ambush episode. It's basically a retelling of that episode of the show, but in graphic novel format. At the end, there's a shorter story based on a different episode of the show. C has only seen the show a couple times, but he loves the book. I am sure other Star Wars fans would as well.

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? Board Book (Once Upon A Sign)The last book I'll mention is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. Of course, my kids loved this board book as babies, but we've been re-visiting it this week. Last Friday was Eric Carle day at M's school so the night before, I pulled it out and had her try to read it. She did really well, only missing a few words (It had been a long time since she read it so she couldn't "read" it from memory). She took it to show and tell on Friday and read it to the class. This week, she's been wanting to read it more. It's a great early reader, since the child can't see the next picture so unless they remember what it is, they have to actually read the words. And it's a good way to learn color and animal words!

I'll leave you with a link to a post I wrote at Just Playin' Around about the Stages of Reading Development. In that post, I give a list of the books my kids like in different reading levels. I hope you find it useful!

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

3 comments:

  1. It always amuses me that when Anna picks her books in the library she seems to go mostly by how the cover looks. So we end up with books that are DRA3 like the ones you mentioned and books for 4th-5th grade in the same library book bag. Then I give her easy books for bathroom reading since she can spend ages in the bathroom with a long book. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

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  2. Those Scholastic orders are dangerous. I always end up spending more money than I had planned. The Barbie books would appeal to my daughter as well.

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  3. I recently put Brown Bear/Brown Bear on hold at our library, it's such a great book and we haven't read it in a while.

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