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 years old.
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1. Green Eggs and HamI cannot imagine an English speaking child who wouldn’t read Dr Seuss books. March 2 is Dr Seuss’ birthday, and I had a hard time deciding which book to include in my collection, since we read so many. In the end, I chose Green Eggs and Ham – a great first reader for 5 year olds who have mastered independent reading and a fun read aloud for those who would still prefer others to read to them. Green food will make a great extension for this book and can also serve as a leprechaun prank on St. Patrick’s Day. Check out these green eggs and ham pancakes from Mom Endeavors.
2. The Rainbow and You
Everyone is in the mood for some rainbow fun for St. Patrick’s Day in the hopes to chase winter away and welcome spring. The Rainbow and You by E.C. Krupp takes children beyond just the colors of rainbow and explains science behind rainbow. This book is a bit wordy, so you might want to follow your kids’ lead in picking the pages that interest them. We had the whole day of rainbow fun with The Rainbow and You including a science experiment and a rainbow snack.
3. A New BeginningOn March 20, we will officially be in spring. A New Beginning by Wendy Pfeffer explains what equinox is and how it is celebrated across different cultures. In our area, spring actually starts in early February, and now we enjoy beautiful spring flowers. But even if your home is still snow-bound, you can welcome spring by one of these 50 beautiful spring art projects from Fun-a-Day. I am particularly fond of these easy egg carton spring flowers from Toddler Approved.
4. The Easter EggWhen Smarty was a young preschooler, she didn’t appreciate Jan Brett’s books, since they tend to have some suspense with them, but she certainly warmed up to Jan Brett’s elaborate illustrations by the time she was 5. We both thoroughly enjoyed The Easter Egg pouring over beautiful Easter eggs of every possible kind. There are so many excellent ways to decorate eggs with kids – Red Ted Art shares her top 10 egg decorating ideas including this spunky Angry Birds take on Easter egg decorating.
5. Crafty ChloeDid you know that March is a National Craft Month here in US? Every crafter will appreciate Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPuccio and Heather Ross. The story starts by saying that Chloe is not good at a lot of things but that she loves making things. This talent comes to the rescue when she decides to make a perfect gift for her friend instead of buying her something. As it turns out, crafting a perfect gift is not easy, but Chloe persists and manages to make her present just in time. I don’t want to give the whole story away, but this doll bed by Crozette would work perfectly as a project extension for this book.
6. Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!At the age of 5.5, my daughter was revisiting her passion for dinosaurs, because she was reading (this time by herself) Dinosaurs Before Dark from The Magic Tree House series. I got a few non-fiction books about dinosaurs from our public library, and Smarty really enjoyed Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs! by Kathleen V. Kudlinski. She found it amazing to discover that scientists make mistakes too, and sometimes it takes years to correct these mistakes. Personally, I think that even now a lot of our theories about dinosaurs are probably wrong. It would be cool to really be able to travel to the time of dinosaurs and study them first hand! Alas, we have to resign ourselves to paleo digs and to cool dino excavation kits. I love this idea from Fun at Home With Kids for a DIY reusable dinosaur excavation kit.
More March Book Recommendations
- March Books for 2 and 3 year olds
- March Books for 4 year olds
- March Books for Age 6+ – coming next week
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