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What My Children Are Reading

We've been busy reading a lot of new books this week. I reviewed a couple earlier in the week: Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith, a middle-grade fiction book about a boy helping his grandma for a summer at her Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast, and A Call for a New Alphabet by Jef Czekaj, a book for younger elementary kids and older preschoolers that combines a cute story with lots of spelling rules. You can click on the titles to see my full reviews.

Charlie the Ranch DogWe also got a few cute pictures books this week. First is Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond. This was in the package of books I won from HarperCollins Children's Books. The narrator, Charlie, lives on a ranch and tells about all the important things he has to do all day long. The book is quite funny because we see that Charlie really doesn't do much work at all. Mostly he hangs around and takes naps! The pictures of scenes on a ranch are beautiful, and the story is very cute and lots of fun.

Curious George's First Words at the CircusOne of the books M has enjoyed reading by herself this week is Curious George's First Words at the Circus by H. A. Rey. This is one of those books that just has pictures with labels next to each. She likes the circus pictures and did very well figuring out the words based on the pictures. She tends to pick toddler books when we go to the library, but at least they give her a chance to practice reading now!

Dog Loves BooksAnother book we've been reading this week is Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates. This also came from the library. It's a new picture book about a dog that loves books, obviously. He loves books so much that he wants to share them with everyone by opening his own bookstore. But no one comes. So he starts reading, and forgets he's even in the bookstore because he's lost in the books with all the characters he reads about. I thought it was an adorable book, but M didn't seem all that thrilled with it.

Let's Read with Dora!: Includes 6 Great Stories!. (Dora the Explorer)One of the books that she does love is one that's on our shelves. It's Let's Read with Dora! This is a Ready-to-Read Series collection of six different stories about Dora, with two pre-level 1 readers and four level 1 readers. M is able to read at least a portion of each of the stories, and really loves being able to read about Dora. I will say that some of the books have the rebus pictures in them, and I'm not a big fan. But M seems to be okay with that. If you have a pre-reader who loves Dora, I definitely recommend this collection.

I have several new picture books that were published in 2011 that I'll be reviewing over the next few weeks, so be sure to watch for my reviews!

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


  1. "Charlie the Ranch Dog" looks so cute! We have "Dog Loves Books" at our library, and I agree with you that it is adorable :)


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