a list of books that the kids are reading / sept 2014

What have you been reading to the kids lately? Here are some good ones we are reading!
|1| I think this is a book that all families can relate to -- the importance of intentionally spending time together. When I read it to the kids, we talked about the illustrations and Anna was able to tell the story in her own words just from the pictures. I like that it’s a quick read but with a profound message :)

|2| Will has been learning about colors and mixing colors at school so this book is a hit with him. It’s also a win for me as well because I like books that are easy and quick to read. This book is both.

|3| The hubs read this book and we all listened. Such a cute and fun book with clever rhymes, just like all other Julia Donaldson books. My other favorite books by the same author is What the Ladybug Heard, The Snail and the Whale, and Room on the Broom (perfect for Halloween).

|4| Iggy Peck is no regular toddler -- he makes towers out of diapers, cathedrals out of apples, and a chateau of chalk. This book encourages imagination and perseverance, which are both great things. Highly recommend! I will have to pick up the companion book, Rosie Revere, Engineer from the library.

|5| You can't go wrong with any of the Elephant and Piggie books. My kids always get a kick out of them and it's great for teaching word recognition.

|6| I am a 36-year-old grown woman and I really REALLY like this book. Lots of pictures, not too many words, and hilariously funny and sweet.
|7| I love this book and author. The story is so cute and simple with great drawings. It's definitely a book that I can read over and over again and not get tired of it.

|8| I can't comment on this one because Luke read it to the kids. I got it based on the raving reviews on Amazon -- a perfect 5-star....I had to give it a try.

|9| I loved the Berenstain Bears growing up and now we are slowly reading through every single book in the series with the kids. With Halloween coming up, this book is perfect. This one actually has 3 stories, all with just the right amount of spookiness and all with happy endings.

|10| A super cute story about friendship and taking turns! We all love it and I have already reserved more books by Helen Cooper at the library. Seriously, I am a new fan.

|11| Since we grew our own pumpkins this year, this was a fitting book to read. My kids are probably too young to fully understand the science behind it, but the illustrations are great. I will probably check it out from the library again next year when they are older.

|12| This is a funny, charming Halloween story that introduces some of the traditional frightening monsters of Halloween like a green-faced witch, vampire, ghost, bat, and a mummy but in a non-scary fun-filled way. Great book!!

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  1. Will have to look out for the Mr Tiger book! We love the Architect one. Will have to get the Engineer one!

    1. You know that I first learned about Iggy Peck from you. It only took me more than a year to finally check it out from the library...

    2. :) better late than never, and I've got great book recs from you too!

  2. I have a four-year-old daughter and our Fall favorites include: Applesauce Season, The Apple Pie That Papa Baked, and Too Many Pumpkins (it's a story about accidental pumpkins; you guys can relate!). These are probably a bit longer to read than you might like, but we like to read good prose with the kids occasionally, even if it's wordy. When my daughter was younger, Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch was a good one.

    If you haven't read the Adele and Simon books by Barbara McClintock, you should. They feature a sibling pair of an older sister and a younger brother, the illustrations are whimsical and super fun to pore over, and there's the extra fun of searching for something on every page. (Look for Madeleine in the original "Adele and Simon" set in Paris!)

    Check out planetesme.com. I've read Esme Codell's super inspiring memoir about teaching elementary kids at a public Chicago school. She was incredibly successful in teaching by emphasizing reading and a love for books. I've only just come across her lists of recommended books, and I wish I'd had them earlier. The ones we've actually gotten from the list have all been winners so far.

    1. oh thanks Amy! Will have to check out those Adele and Simon books for sure. Also that website for more recommended books -- I am always looking for recommendations!

  3. I hope your children always enjoy reading!

    ...and I have to say "Iggy Peck" is a must read (for me!)

  4. I need to check out that architect book.. we have Rosie Revere Engineer and it's great! Have you read Room on the Broom? I love it and the TV movie is SO cute!

    1. Yup, but I didn't know about the TV movie so thanks for the tip!


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