Our reading week was dominated by dinosaurs and Easter books. We also started to read Mrs Piggle Wiggle by Betty McDonald that was loaned to us by Smarty’s teacher. We were expressing our frustration with Smarty's apparent inability to take care of her things, and she acknowledged that this is one area our daughter needs some improvement. She recommended “won’t-pick-up-toys” cure from Mrs Piggle Wiggle book of cures. It’s a hilarious book, and all three of us enjoy reading it together.
The fun part of The Easter Bunny That Overslept by Priscilla Friedrich/Donald Saaf is that it can be read for Easter and/or for Christmas. The tardy Bunny attempts to deliver his eggs for Mother’s Day, Independence Day, Halloween, and eventually kind Santa Claus helps him forget his disappointment and gives him a very useful Christmas present. The book is beautifully illustrated and opens possibility to do some fun art, for example, Halloween themed Easter eggs. Good for 3+.
Both of us really liked a fact-filled book Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs! by Kathleen V. Kudlinski/S. Schindler. It’s so easy for our children to believe that everything in the books is a truth set in stone. Paleontology, in particular, seems to be a fast moving science where new discoveries question a lot of things that we knew as “facts” when I was in school. Great read for older kids who already know (or think they do) a lot about dinosaurs.
I highly recommend A New Beginning by Wendy Pfeffer/Linda Bleck to families who mark Spring Equinox with special activities (we totally missed it this year). The book explains a little bit about equinox itself and then has several pages explaining different ways spring arrival was celebrated over time in different cultures and still celebrated today. In the end of the books there are several suggestions of crafts and recipes from various traditions around the world. It’s one of these books that can be appealing to different ages for different reasons.