My daughter is now 8 years old and a very fluent reader. Very often I hear the same question, What did you do with her when she was little? Well, we read a lot, and I maintained a diary of our reading activities in weekly What My Child Is Reading entries in my blog. I decided to make these reading diaries more useful and create a new series on my blog where I will share our best books for each month for ages 3, 4, 5, and 6. Moreover, I will pair each book with an extension activity – sometimes with ours and sometimes with activities from my creative friends from Kid Blogger Network. In this post I am featuring books that we read when Smarty was 6 and 7 years old.
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1. Dr Seuss Books
Let’s start with reading celebration that comes early in March – Dr. Seuss’ birthday. My daughter loves Dr. Seuss books, and we have a fair number of them at home. This collection A Hatful of Seuss was her favorite for the last several years. Check out my post Dr. Seuss for Older Children with ideas for longer Dr. Seuss books.
2. Irish Leprechaun StoriesEven if you are not Irish, St. Patrick’s Day gives you a chance to explore folklore and history of Ireland. Smarty really enjoyed this collection of Irish Leprechaun Stories by Barbara McCarthy, since in most of the stories of this collection leprechauns are benevolent. She didn’t miss her chance to catch a leprechaun of her own by making this leprechaun trap – everyone in her class made one, and it was amazing to see how different kids had very different ideas on how to catch a leprechaun.
3. The Egg Tree
We enjoy decorating our house for Easter. My husband is German, and we have an egg tree, just like the one described in The Egg Tree, a classic Caldecott Winner book from 1951. Blowing eggs are not that hard if you follow my Best Hacks for Hand Blown Eggs, and even the youngest kids can create egg masterpieces that will last over years and hang them on Easter Egg Tree.
4. Seeds of ChangeMarch is the Women History Month, and it’s a good opportunity to introduce children to women who made a difference in the world. Seeds of Change by Jen Johnson focuses on Wangari Maathai who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts in planting trees and defending environment in her native Kenya. The artwork by Sonia Sadler is spectacular, and the story itself is very interesting. Kids can take action right away through gardening activities or making these seed bombs from Red Ted Art to give as gifts to others.
5. MapsAre your children starting to get interested in different cultures and counties? Then they will love Maps by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski. Maps is not exactly an atlas, because it doesn’t have all the countries on Earth, but selected countries are featured in exquisite detail, with interesting inserts about favorite foods and prominent people from that country. Smarty enjoys checking things in this book and playing geography games with it. It will make a beautiful gift for elementary and middle school students and for adult map lovers as well.
6. The PenderwicksYes, The Penderwicks is a summer book, but we just happened to read it in March a couple years ago, and Smarty really enjoyed this gentle story of summer adventures and friendship. The characters in the book have different ages and different traits, so each child will probably connect to a different part of the story. Smarty was most interested in Skye – she appreciated her wildness and interest in math, but she didn’t enjoy “against the rules” parts of the book. While this book might be beyond the reading abilities of average first or second graders, it will make a wonderful read aloud for that age. Library Adventure has great ideas for fun with the Penderwicks, and Random House also has a lesson plan for The Penderwicks.
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