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.
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.
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.
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.
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!