Thursday, September 24, 2009

Since I already wrote a couple posts profiling our non-fall books of the week, I will write about our fall picks. I make sure to visit everyone who links their posts to me and learn about their reading picks. That’s how I found a few books that turned out to be hits in our house last week.
Apple Farmer Annie
This book was mentioned on several blogs, and Ticia from Adventures in Mommydom even made an apple pie based on the recipe from the book. Smarty loved the book, because it features a female character and because she is very interested in farms lately. She only wanted to know where Annie’s animals were. I explained to her that some farmers grow animals while others grow fruits and vegetables, and that was big news to her. The book is easy to read and mercifully short – good reading for “just one more book, please” times.

It is pumpkin time
This book was recommended by Nicole at Tired, Need Sleep. We both loved it. It goes nicely and simply over “from seed to fruit” lifecycle and even has a special page in the end to explain details on how the green shoot emerges from the seed. Smarty was not interested in that part, but she liked to predict what will happen next – good exercise in sequencing. The illustrations are bright and simple, and the text is easy to grasp. Smarty liked the book so much that she asked to keep it for another week – always a sign of extreme favor :)

Turning of the YearThis is my own find on the picture book display in our library. I like finding hidden gems from known authors. I have never heard about this book by Bill Martin Jr before. I have to admit that I wasn’t thrilled with both the rhymes and illustrations in this book, but Smarty really liked it and wanted to read it many times. Basically, the book has one verse and one illustrated page for every month of the year. One thing that I liked – unlike many other books of this kind this one doesn’t talk about seasonal holidays at all and focuses instead on changes that happen in the nature.

It is fall
I requested this book from the library a couple of weeks ago while preparing for our fall-related reading week. Every week I set aside a couple of books for Smarty to read on the toilet, and it was her favorite “potty book” this week – she had us read it to her and read it herself many times. It’s a fact book, but it’s narrated by a small boy talking about all the things that happen during fall and how animals and plants are preparing for the winter. It’s very colorful, and both of us liked it. I think Smarty got more out of it than from all other fact-based fall books that I tried. This author (Linda Glaser) has four books in these series, one for each season, and I will make sure that we will read them all eventually.


Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Great books - I'm going to see about getting the one by Linda Glaser. Thanks for hosting this!!

Christy said...

I love to find new books to read. Thanks for sharing.

whisperingwhispers said...

This look like great books. I am going to have to look for them at our library.

Valerie said...

I'm so inspired to check out some Fall-related books from our local library this weekend. Great recommendations!

Ticia said...

The Turning of the Year looks interesting. I might have to check that one out.

Susana said...

I am going to see about The Turning of the Year at our library. I also forgot about It's Fall--I love that one.

We are reading Little Yellow, Little Blue too.

FYI,Since I am not posting our books every week now--just from time to time, I added a shelfari that I will update weekly:-).

Michelle said...

I love all of these wonderful suggestions. I can't wait to check some of them out of the library. I also hope to join in soon. We have so many books that we enjoy reading and we love making weekly trips to the library :0)

sarneal said...

Apple Farmer Annie is an all-time favorite with both my girls. We've been reading Little Blue and Little Yellow a lot this week.