Thursday, September 17, 2009

It was a good reading week for us. I think we have about 20 books checked out from the library, and Anna likes a fair number of them. It was hard to select her favorites, and I shared a couple more books we’ve been reading in other posts. 

Our Library

I picked this book by Eve Bunting accidentally, and all three of us including my husband fell in love with it. The story is beautifully illustrated and is really appealing. The library is closing, and animal children of the town are doing everything in their power to keep it open. The message is loud and clear – you can learn to do anything as long as you have books and know how to read. And, if you have a library, it’s even better. We definitely agree – we love our library!

Will You Read To Me

This was also an accidental find. Anna and my husband liked it more than me, so it was their favorite “potty book” this week. The story line is about a pig named Hamlet who doesn’t fit and not supported at home, because he wants to stay clean and write poetry. I thought that the poems in the book (non-rhymed) and even its story line are way over Anna’s head, but she enjoyed beautiful illustrations. It also fits nicely with our current theme of being in touch with nature.

Elmer Takes Off

Elmer books always end up on Anna’s short list of favorites. This one made her giggle – it’s not often that she really laughs at the events in the book. The content is clear from the cover art – Elmer flies during the windy day, but the story has some interesting twists including its own take on the “boy who cried wolf”. I highly recommend Elmer books to the crowd of 3 to 5 – they are so sweet and cheerful, and the humor is right on the mark for this age group.

How Humans Make Friends

I usually try to find a book or two to complement Anna’s preschool theme of the week. This week they are talking about friends and friendship, so I found this book for her in the non-fiction section. We never read through an entire book, since the amount of text on the page increases all the time, and the end of the book is a little too dry for my liking. But the setup is really interesting – an alien traveler talks to his friends about humans and their rituals. The exchange between aliens is quite funny at times. Anna liked the book, but it’s definitely more suited for an older audience – I’d say 5+.

What is your child reading? Share in my linky.

10 comments:

MaryAnne said...

I liked "Will You Read to Me" when we borrowed it from our library a while back, but it seemed a bit over my children's heads also. I think we'll see if our library has "Our Library" - it sounds like fun.

I can't get a book post up today, but I'll try to link up next week...

Ticia said...

Loreen Leedy also has some really cute math books you might like. I know she has one on fractions, and I think there's also one on subtraction, and she has one about mail and writing letters.

Brimful Curiosities said...

We need to read an Elmer book. First visit to your blog. If I get a chance, I may participate in your link up.

Adriana said...

I would like to participate too! We are only reading books in Spanish or bilingual books. I am just starting to blog and I have a technical question for you. How do you show the picture of the book on your site. I just learned how to link up to a website (I just added you to my blog roll) but I am not sure how to put a picture of the book also. Gracias!

Orange Juice said...

I think I need to get that library book! Sounds really great!

whisperingwhispers said...

I always love the books you read with Anna! My wish list keeps growing here!

Valerie said...

The Elmer book looks like so much fun! I've added it to my list of books to check out the next time we're at the library (really soon, since we're there all the time!). Thanks!

Infant Bibliophile said...

I've been so negligent about participating, because we haven't been going to the library as often (so we're reading books I've already reviewed). Have to hop on the bandwagon next week! Anyway, I'd be happy to guest host for you anytime.

Lynn, Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile
http://infantbibliophile.blogspot.com

Infant Bibliophile said...

Oops -- did I dream you asking for guest hosts, or am I confusing my blog sites?! Lol, sorry. It's been a crazy week.

crazytown mama said...

ha -i thought i was the only one to have a billion books out of the library at any time! :) i am so going to look into some of those books you posted..