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What My Children Are Reading

I'm finally getting back to this after a break last week. We actually did a lot of reading the past couple weeks, but I haven't managed to share, so I'm going to try to put it all together now.

Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky EatingThe first book came from a post I saw at Almost Unschoolers a couple weeks ago. It's The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster, A Tale of Picky Eating by A.W. Flaherty. The kids loved this book. It's about a little girl traveling by ship from America to Scotland. Her parents have made arrangements for her to have oatmeal for breakfast every single morning. She hates oatmeal so she keeps throwing it overboard, which delights a little sea worm, who follows the ship all the way to Loch Ness, eating oatmeal the whole time. Needless to say, the worm is no longer small when it arrives at its destination.

Interrupting ChickenThe next book was also found through another blog, this time it was on LitLad. The book is Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein. It's about a dad who is trying to read to his son. The son keeps interrupting each story right when something bad is going to happen, so he can save the characters from doom. It's a cute story. The father starts reading Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and a couple other traditional stories, and the son interrupts. It is definitely helpful if the kids listening to the book realize what will really happen in the stories if they aren't interrupted.

Geronimo Stilton #1: The Discovery of AmericaC has been reading a couple Geronimo Stilton books over the past couple weeks, but somehow we got into the graphic novels instead of the chapter books. It's weird. He read the first Geronimo Stilton book, which was a chapter book. Then I got one from the library and he got one from his school library, and they were both graphic novels. I guess they have two different series. I asked which he preferred, and he said the graphic novels. So I guess we'll stick with those ~ although as a mother, I'd prefer that he read the chapter books. I can't say that I've read these books, but he seems to really like them. At some point I'll need to pick one up and see what it's all about!

Sight Word Readers Parent Pack: Learning the First 50 Sight Words Is a Snap!When I went to C's school to volunteer last week, his teacher gave me two sets of very early readers for M. One is a set of Sight Word Readers from Scholastic. The other is a set of Brand New Readers. Both are great for very early readers ~ around Guided Reading Levels A-C. M loves them. The Brand New Readers are mostly funny and are fuller stories, even though there are only a few words on each page. The Sight Word Readers are a bit more repetitive. But both sets are great for her level.

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


  1. I do think that for kids to really understand Interrupting Chicken they need to have prior knowledge of the fairy tales discussed in the book. My toddler son did not understand it at all but my daughter liked it.

    I think our daughters must be at about the same reading level. That's awesome that the teacher gave you book sets to help practice.

  2. I agree that Interrupting Chicken is best appreciated by a slightly older picture book reader who is familiar with fairy tales, but also who has some self awareness about the "rules" of storytime.

  3. I'm glad they liked the Loch Ness book - we sure had fun with it. The Interrupting book looks like one we might enjoy too - I think my children already know the stories reffered to.

  4. "Interrupting Chicken" sounds like fun...we haven't read that one before.
    My girls LOVE Geronimo Stilton. I am always surprised at the facts they pick up from those stories. I also wasn't crazy about them at first, because generally I don't like graphic novels.

  5. I looked at Geronima Stilton in the library, but it seemed a bit much. Maybe we will try it in a couple of years. I have to read Loch Ness monster - I thought that it sounds very funny when I saw it on Leah's blog. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

  6. One of my younger son's friends loved the Geronimo Stilton books (and he was a very reluctant reader). My son discovered them a bit late - he was already well beyond that reading level. Glad to hear C is enjoying them!



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