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What My Children Are Reading

It's been a few weeks since I shared what my kids are reading. We actually returned all of our library books a couple weeks ago, so we didn't have any in the house for a while. That was strange since we usually have at least a few library books. So this week, M and I went back to the library and found some interesting books to read.

Princess Bess Gets DressedI think M's favorite is Princess Bess Gets Dressed by Margery Cuyler. This is an adorable book about a little princess named Bess who wears different outfits on each page as she has tea with the queen, takes ballet and art classes, and attends to all her duties as princess. The rhyming story is fun and M loves to see all the different outfits she chooses. But her favorite outfit is saved for the end as she winds down from her busy day.

Have You Seen My Cat?I decided to get one of the books on the library's list of books for early readers: Have You Seen My Cat by Eric Carle. This book has just two main sentences that are repeated throughout: "Have you seen my cat?" and "That's not my cat." There are a couple other sentences toward the end, but for the most part, it's very repetitive, so M is able to read it to herself, even if she does use a bit of memorization to do so, she has to look at the words and determine which sentence to read on each page.

CodeQuest: Hieroglyphs: Solve the Mystery from Ancient EgyptC is enjoying a book I picked up for him: CodeQuest: Heiroglyphs: Solve the Mystery from Ancient Egypt by Sean Callery. It has a whole story within it that he hasn't been reading. He's more interested in looking at all the hieroglyphs. There's a CD with it that we also haven't explored yet. I was impressed it was still with the book since it's a library book. I'll have to report further on how that part of it is next week.

Grandfather BuffaloFinally, we picked up a couple Jim Arnosky books. My favorite is Grandfather Buffalo, which is about a herd of buffalo walking together, but the grandfather is far behind because he walks much slower. He soon gets a companion in the back of the herd when a new calf is born. It's a sweet story about buffalo but also about grandfathers and family.

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


  1. I really like Eric Carle, but I haven't read this book, I'll have to look for it.

  2. Are there any other picture books on your library's list for early readers. We're working our way through the beginning reading books, but I'd love to see a list of picture books that have easy sentences.

  3. There's one other level 1 reader: Do You Want to Be My Friend? by Eric Carle.

    The level 2 readers are: Signs by Bauer, What Kind of Sound? by Jimen, Big or Small? by Ring, I See Patterns by Ring, Numbers all Around by Shepa, and five books by Gail Saunders-Smith - Beans, Carrots, Cars, Chickens, and Eating Apples.

  4. I came across a list of beginning books that you might want to look at
    I have used some of the series when I taught as well as individual books. Hope this is helpful.
    susan at

  5. Interestingly, Have You Seen My Cat was also the very first book that I presented to Anna for independent reading. I think we probably used the same list even though now I can't remember where I found mine. We also love Arnosky books - they are so beautifully illustrated. Thanks for joining WMCIR!


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