November is Picture Book Month, so I've decided to use my weekly recap of what my kids have been reading to highlight picture books. The Picture Book Month website features a calendar that offers themes for each day of the month. So each day, I'm reading a picture book from our shelves that goes along with the theme, and I'll compile the list of books we read here on the weekend.
For the pirates theme, we chose a Peter Pan Jigsaw Book that has been on our shelf for a long time but hasn't been read much. As a matter of fact, we had never even done any of the jigsaw puzzles in it before! It's one of those gifts that was forgotten. So the kids had fun with this book this week. It tells the story of Peter Pan and Wendy and the Lost Boys and, of course, Captain Hook and his pirates. It was fun to read the story to M for the first time, and both kids enjoyed the puzzles.
For dragons, we pulled out one of M's favorites: Sleeping Beauty. Aurora is her favorite princess and this is the only book we have in the house that has a dragon in it. For those who aren't familiar, Maleficent, the evil fairy, turns herself into a dragon at the end and is defeated by Prince Philip, who goes on to kiss the sleeping princess and awaken her.
We had a few choices for pets, but I decided to pull a book that hasn't been read much. It's Salt & Pepper at the Pike Place Market, which I picked up at a book store in the Pike Place Market when I went to Seattle about a year ago. This is the story of two dogs who get accidentally switched while their owners shop in the market. It's a very cute story that M really enjoyed. I'm guessing we'll be reading this one more often now that she knows it's there on her shelf.
We had several options for the bedtime theme as well. I pulled out our collection of Little Golden Books and chose The Golden Sleepy Book. This starts with the story of a rabbit who swallows a bee while yawning. The bee falls asleep in his throat and he tries to figure out how to wake him and get him to fly out. He is finally told to make the smallest sound he can possibly make, because bees don't pay any attention to big sounds. Eventually he is able to get the bee to fly out, and he goes to sleep. This story is followed by several more pages of other animals going to sleep in their natural habitats. It's a nice little story about bedtime.
Yet another new book was pulled from the shelf for the jungle theme. We have a Princess Collection book but at the back is Tarzan: You'll Always Be in My Heart. This is about Tarzan meeting Jane and trying to convince her to stay in the jungle with him. We meet his gorilla mother and the other animals he has grown up with, and we learn of his conflict between his loyalty to his jungle family and his connection to the humans he has now met. It was fun to introduce M to a classic story she hadn't read before.
For school, I chose a fun book: Splat the Cat. This is about Splat the cat going to school for the first time. He is very nervous so he tries many different tactics to avoid going to school. Eventually, he makes it to school with his pet mouse hidden in his lunchbox to keep him company. But one of the first lessons he learns is that cats chase mice. And when the mouse gets out of his lunchbox, things get a little crazy. But in the end, the mouse actually saves the day, and the teacher makes a slight change to their lesson.
The farm theme was an easy one. We chose Charlie the Ranch Dog, a story about a dog who works on a farm. He talks about how much work has to be done and the fact that he is very busy. But through the illustrations, we see that Charlie really is not very busy at all. It's the other dog on the farm that's doing all the work! Charlie spends most of his time eating and napping! But in the end, he does save the day. This is a very cute, funny story with some beautiful illustrations.
I'm also linking up to What My Child Is Reading and Book Sharing Monday. Visit both for more ideas on books to read with your kids.