Saturday, November 6, 2010

It was a very busy reading week. I just can’t stop myself when it comes to books, and Anna inherited that. We have almost 50 library books checked out between the two of us, and Anna enjoys independent reading a lot. She also reads me one book or story before bed, and I read her two back. So here are some of her winners from this week:

A couple of weeks ago we browsed through another book by Jamie Lee Curtis,Today I feel silly and so I was happy when I found Today I Feel Silly in the library. In general, we like to read books about emotions, and Anna really enjoyed the story. I was struggling a bit will illustrations and wondering what age the main character is supposed to be. Since the story is told in the first person, the character seems more mature in the story than suggested by the pictures. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this book to 3+ audience (it does have some “big words”, but they fit the rest of the story).

The Doorbell Rang

Anna really enjoyed The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins. She read it to me one night and said in the end that she really liked the end, because kids thought there would be no more cookies, but there were so many more! She read it every night before bed every night since. It can also be used for math, since kids in the story share the cookies between more and more people.

Jellybeans Big Dance

We haven’t found a book by Laura Numeroff that we didn’t like. It’s the first installment in The Jellybeans series, and we already read the second book in it – The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza. The Jellybeans and the Big Dance talks about how the Jellybeans first met and became friends. It’s a cute story, and it was another of Anna’s favorites for independent reading this week. I am looking forward to the next part of the story that is expected to be released in May 2011.

Big rain ComingWe enjoyed our Australian books this week – all of them featured aboriginal art. The best one was Ready to Dream, and I read about it on Thursday in my StArt post, but Big Rain Coming had the easiest text, and Anna quickly squirreled it into her bed. The story is told in short sentences on every page where every day of the week people are looking forward to the big rain and eventually rejoice in it. Illustrations are gorgeous, and I am very glad that Anna gets exposure to this unique drawing style.

What are your children reading? Link up and share – linky is open all week!

13 comments:

Joyful Learner said...

Great selection! We read the first two books and really loved them. My husband does most of the night time reading so sometimes, I miss out on the great books we bring home from the library. JC usually requests for me to read MTH during the day so that's what I keep track of. Maybe I need to switch with my husband now and then. And these days, her desire for books have increased so neither he nor I have the time to read all of them so she reads them by herself. But she still prefers us to read them to her. Maybe we need to stick to a limit like you so bedtime is not prolonged by begging for more! Oh, the agony! Jk. :)

The girl who painted trees said...

We've read all the books you've listed this week except the Australian one. We also have Bear read us one book and we read one or two back depending on the night. I am looking forward to her reading more independently, but I love being able to read to her still.

Ticia said...

I seem to remember using the doorbell rang for teaching early division concepts with that book.

I'll have to remember the last one for when we go back to Australia.

Summer Skeeter said...

What a fun group of books this week. We're definitely going to look into The Doorbell Rang since sharing is starting to be on our family's radar.

Debbie said...

We have only read the on Jellybean book here, I will have to look for more.

Drea said...

We are the same way with the library! We have to return our books inside before we check out more instead of in the drop off, otherwise we are over limit when we try to check out more!

MaryAnne said...

We really enjoyed "The Doorbell Rang" last year! I love Laura Numeroff, too, so we'll have to check out the Jellybeans series.

Brimful Curiosities said...

We need to read the The Jellybeans series. It does sound cute!

Katie said...

We really liked Today I Feel Silly, and my DD loved the first Jellybean book we read last week.

LitLass said...

Good choices!

We also have 50 books checked out. My 4-year-old never wants to return any of his books, so I usually have to do it when we're not together.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

We love When the Doorbell Rang and Joe and I did a whole week's worth of activities based on it last December. I am looking forward to reading it again next month.

Jackie H. said...

Love the doorbell rang. And I agree with Anna. I feel so much better when there are enough cookies to go around! I've never read "Today I feel Silly." I've heard a lot about it but was never sure. Sounds worth trying, though.

Michelle said...

Hi, new follower! What a fun link up. I had trouble linking up though.