Skip to main content

What My Children Are Reading This Week

I went to the library on Sunday and picked up several new books for the kids (and myself, of course). They've really been enjoying When the World Is Ready to Sleep and Mortimer's Christmas Manger, which is one of our own books. Here are some of the other books we've been reading this week.

Will You Be My Friend? A Bunny and Bird Story by Nancy Tarfuri is a sweet story about a bird and a rabbit that live in the same tree. Bunny wants to be friends with Bird, but Bird is very shy. One day there is a rain storm and Bird is getting very wet, so she finally takes a chance and accepts Bunny's offer to help. It's a sweet story about overcoming shyness, making friends and helping others. The language is very simple - each page has just one short rhyming sentence made up of easy-to-read words. I haven't tried yet, but I'm guessing C, who is in kindergarten, could read most of it.

Disney Princess: A Read-Aloud Storybook by Jennifer Liberts Weinberg includes the classic stories of Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Each story is short enough to keep my 2 year old's attention, but much longer and more detailed than the princess board books she has. They get into the more sinister aspects of the stories, which the board books leave out. But they are still written for young listeners and readers. M loves this book, and I actually think I will buy it for her as I'm sure she'll want to hear the stories of these princesses for many years to come.

The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins is a cute story about the wind taking all sorts of items away from their owners and whipping them up into the air until they eventually fall back down again. The illustrations are fun and the story is silly, which makes this an entertaining book. I haven't read other Pat Hutchins books before, but it seems she has quite a following and I expect I'll seek out another of her stories soon.

The Best Soccer Player by Susan Blackaby is part of the Read It! Readers Purple Set of books from Picture Window Books. C has read a few of the books at this level of this series, and I brought home a few more from the library last weekend. This is the one he's been reading mostly this week. It's a cute story about Katy, who kicks the ball and scores a goal, making her the best soccer player. But there's a twist at the end.

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


  1. Thanks for sharing your selections. I ordered Mortimer's Manger from the library based on your previous review. We read and enjoyed Nanci Tafuri book, and I want to pick it up again soon to see if Anna can read it by herself. I saw many reviews of Hutchins books, but didn't read any yet - my next "new to us" author is Tommy DePaola :)

  2. I think my son would love The Wind Blew. We'll have to look for it. :)

  3. Will you be my friends looks totally sweet.

  4. All the books sound great! I know Selena would love the Disney Princess book.


Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Popular posts from this blog

Getting back to blogging

It seems that blogging has dropped to the bottom of my list for the past year, and was pretty low for the year or two prior to that. I love to read, and am continuing to do so, but as my regular readers know I haven't been around much. My last blog post was almost a year ago!!

There are many things that have taken me away from blogging. Work has been much more challenging and interesting these past few years, but that means I really don't want to get back on the computer when I get home at night - or on the weekends.

Family life has been more busy with kids having multiple activities in the evenings, leaving little time to just hang out and write about the books that I read.

I will admit to a bit of a Facebook addiction, which means way too much time spent scrolling through my newsfeed instead of doing something more productive. This is one of the things I'm working on and hoping that this will free up some time for getting back to the blog.

Overall, life is good. Work is …

Book Review: The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett

Peter Byerly is distraught over the loss of his wife nine months ago. He has retreated to their cottage in the English countryside, hoping to return to his love of collecting and restoring rare books. But when he opens a book about Shakespeare forgeries and finds a Victorian watercolor of a woman who looks just like his wife, Peter is soon on a search for the origin of the painting and the truth about Shakespeare's real identity.

The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett is a wonderful journey for anyone who loves books. It follows Peter's search in 1995, which turns into a bit of a thriller at times. But Lovett also takes the reader back in time a bit so we can learn the story of his relationship with his wife and how he came to be a bookseller. He does a beautiful job of expressing Peter's feelings about the rare books he encounters, and his feelings are contagious.

And then he takes us back even further to the history of one particular volume, whos…

Banned Books Week: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

This is the end of Banned Books Week and unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to write about banned books this year. But I did want to include at least one post about it, so today I wanted to share one of the book series that it seems most people are surprised to find on the list: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.

According to Wikipedia:
The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the American Library Association's list of the Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000-2009. Reasons cited are poor social values taught by the books and Junie B. Jones not being considered a good role model due to her mouthiness and bad spelling/grammar. This is an interesting example of a banned book. Many times there are serious, controversial topics featured in books that are challenged. Things like homosexuality, drugs, vulgar language, etc. You can actually understand why people may not want their children to read those books, and why they may challenge their inclusion in school libra…