Saturday, October 31, 2009

Most of our reading books this week were from the library. You can see some Halloween books (of course) in our list, but the only one that Anna really enjoyed was The Witch Who Was Afraid Of Witches. I wrote about that wonderful book in this post. Here are non-Halloween favorites of the week.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

I picked up this book in the library, because it was featured in Scholastic catalog. I am glad I did. Anna really enjoyed this simple rhyming story, memorized it almost immediately and asked a lot of questions about the illustrations by Helen Oxenbury (the same lady who illustrated We Are Going On a Bear Hunt). It’s really a good story about how similar we all are despite being born in different places and looking different.

Anno Counting Book

I read about this book sometime ago, and finally picked it up in the Concepts section of our library. When I opened it at home, I was surprised to discover that it contains no text whatsoever. Anna still enjoyed it a lot, and we were making our own story about each page. There are 13 pages total, with numbers 0-12, and each page has many opportunities for counting and discussion about how nature goes through 12 months of the year. I will be definitely looking for more Anno’s books in the future.

Cock A Doodle Moo

We read The Cow That Went Oink a couple of weeks back, and I took a similar book by Bernard Most this week. Quite frankly, I thought that The Cow That Went Oink is more inventive, but Anna enjoyed this one as much. The illustrations are very bright and detailed, and the humor of the story appeals to children. This book is short, so we read it on the days when I was trying to shorten Anna’s obligatory two books before bed ritual.

Who Hoots

I first learned about this book reading Infant Bibliophile blog. Both Anna and I enjoyed the book – I noticed that Anan really likes picture books with somewhat cartoonish pictures and not really interested at the moment in photo books. What I liked about the book is that it combines humorous text with some interesting facts about animals. For example, I didn’t know that mice have poor eyesight until reading it. And, again, the book is not long, so a younger child can digest it at one sitting without getting distracted.

What are your children reading this week. Link up and share. Happy Halloween!

13 comments:

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

We'll have to check out Cock-a-Doodle-Moo, M just loved The Cow that Went Oink. :) Ten Little Fingers looks good too - we'll have to see if we can find it. Thanks!

whisperingwhispers said...

Ten little Fingers looks like a good book. I will have to take a look for it. You always find the most ineresting books!

MaryAnne said...

Great reviews, I'm especially interested in "Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes" and "Who Hoots?"

Diana said...

Cock-a-Doodle-Moo and The Cow that Went Oink are two of my favorite farm books, especially because they reinforce some great early reading concepts (beginning sounds for instance). I entered my Halloween books into the MckLinky. I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

Susana said...

Y'all read some fun books each week, and so often I have not heard of any of them. Thanks for sharing and giving me new books to read too:-)!

Tara Rison said...

I have not heard of Who Hoots. We are going to have to check that one out. Wes prefers cartoonish pics, as well. I think lots of three year olds do.

vanessa said...

We enjoyed the Anno book, too. The pictures were fun to look at even without words.

Christy said...

I'm adding some of these to our library list for the week. Great suggestions, as usual!

Infant Bibliophile said...

Thanks so much fro mentioning our blog, but I must admit that I don't think we've read "Who Hoots"! So it must have been someone else who recommended it. We really should be linking up to this meme too, huh? Happy Halloween!

Ticia said...

Mine love cartoonish illustrations too. I remember one from a few years ago they loved about underwear. And it's illustrations looked similar.
I'm hoping to get my book post done tomorrow afternoon..... I'm hoping because we had so many great books I found for our human body study.

My Boaz's Ruth said...

I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean is one of my son's FAVORITE books. We're trying to get him a copy at home cause he's too prone to tearing the pages :(

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

I am a big Mem Fox fan and love the Anno books too. Great finds!

Dadaluff said...

Anna is such an avid reader! I have a copy of Anno’s Counting Book too, but Sophie isn’t interested at all.