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What My Children Are Reading This Week

This was the first in several weeks where we didn't go to the library at all. But we still found plenty to read! We're still reading James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl to C. With 39 chapters, and us only reading 2-3 per night, it takes a while! We're all enjoying it now. It's gotten much better than it was in the beginning.

Ten Apples Up On Top! (Beginner Books(R))C has been reading a lot. His homework assignment for his trackout period is to read five nights a week for at least ten minutes. So he's been reading even more than usual. One of the books he pulled out to read is Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss. This is a great beginning reader book. It uses a 75-word vocabulary, and C knows pretty much all of the words. So he can read it with little trouble. We're having to time his reading now, and it takes him 11-13 minutes to read this book. That's a long time for a 5 year old to be reading, but he really likes the book. He's always stopping to look at the pictures and talk about what's happening. It would be a great read-aloud book for a child learning the numbers up to 10 too.

Dancing Dinos Go to School (Step into Reading)Another book that C read this week is Dancing Dinos Go to School by Sally Lucas and Margeaux Lucas. He has the Dancing Dinos book by Sally Lucas as well. These are cute stories about dinosaurs coming off the page of a book and dancing all over the place. The one he read this week was about them dancing around at school. C is able to read this book on his own with little trouble now. It's a much faster read ~ I think this one took him 6 minutes. And it's a cute story.

Baby Penguin Learn Shapes with MeOne of the books M always seems to go back to on her bookshelf is Baby Giraffe Learn Colors with Me. It's part of a set of three books that we have. The other two are Baby Penguin Learn Shapes with Me and Baby Panda Learn ABC with Me. I can't find a picture of the Giraffe book online, but that's the one M likes best. I've been reading it to her since she was about a year old, when she received the set as a gift. I figured colors were the best thing to start with, so I read that one more often than the others. And she still wants me to read it to her now, even though she has known her colors for a while. These are nice board books with foam covers. M likes that the baby animals are learning along with her. Of course, she likes anything that has to do with babies ~ animal or human!

Be sure to also check out my review of Sleep, Baby, Sleep by Maryann Cusimano Love. It's a beautiful picture book that I just discovered at the library.

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


  1. I love Ten Apples Up on Top, it's probably one of my favorite books in that genre. It cracks me up.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your picks! I have to pick up 10 Apples Up on Top again for independent reading. Anna loves Cat in the Hat series, and they are perfect difficulty level for her. I just realized that our night routine got about 20 minutes longer due to the number of books she wants to read to me. LOL.


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