Sunday, March 16, 2008

Moving This Blog to a New Home

Please join me at my new Wordpress Blog. I've copied old posts over and from now on I'll be blogging there.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Recent Picture Book Reading

We've read so many picture books over the last few months from both the library and our own collection that I couldn't list them all but these are a few of our favorite finds:

Baby/Toddler Books for C:
Up! by Kristine O'Connell George - a great Daddy and daughter sotry
Giddy Up! Let's Ride! by Flora McDonald - C crawls to this one and says "booooook" and slaps the cover with glee. We decided we had to get our own copy. I wish it was still in print!
Maisy's Morning on the Farm - C has fallen in love with the Maisy books and this is her favorite of the ones we've read so far.

Longer Picture Books for M:
Patrick's Dinosaurs by Carol Carrick - A Little Boy imagines dinosaurs all around him while on a trip to the zoo.
The Library by Sarah Stewart - This one is about a woman who loves to read so much she literally fills her entire house with books.
Chewy Louie by Howie Schneider - A boy is afraid he will have to give away his new puppy because the puppy chews everything, even the back porch.
Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 by Bill Martin - We've checked this one out several times and it's been a big inspiration for M to learn to count to 100.
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes - We love all his mouse books!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

A Picture of My Little Readers

Here's M reading one of our favorites, Boo Boo by Olivier Dunrea to C before wake up time.

Recent Chapter Book Reading

In the last few months, M and I have read all four books in the Mrs Piggle-Wiggle series by Betty MacDonald. I don't know how I missed reading these when I was a child, but I'm glad I got the chance to read them now.

For those who don't know her, Mrs Piggle-Wiggle is an older woman who has no children of her own. However, she adores having children over to play, cook, make messes. and generally have a blast. She knows so much about children that parents call her for help when their sons and daughters are giving them trouble. Each chapter is named for a certain type of cure that Mrs Piggle-Wiggle comes up with like the Won't Pick Up Toys Cure or the Never Won't To Go To Bedders Cure or the Slow-Eater-Tiny-Bite-Taker Cure.

As a parent, I particularly enjoyed seeing how the parents in the book had such similar experiences to ones I've had even though the books were written in the late 40s and early 50s.

We are currently reading The Moffats by Eleanor Estes, another great book that I missed as a child. It's about the adventures of the four Moffat Children, Sylvie, Joe, Jane, and Rufus, who range in age from 5-15, and it was first published in 1940. There are several sequels and I'm sure we'll read them as well.

Some other chapter books we've read recently are:
The Littles by John Peterson
Chocolate Fever by Robert Smith
The Mystery of the Blue Ring (Polka Dot Private Eye) by Patricia Reilly Giff - This one inspired M to start playing detective and asking for more mystery books.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Chapter Book Read-Alouds For 4-6 year Old Girls

M has really gotten into listening to chapter books and she is able to sit for longer and longer ones. I've had a lot of fun searching for book lists and discovering titles that I think she'd enjoy. I wanted to share the links to some of the booklists that have been most helpful.

Here in the Bonny Glen is one of my favorite blogs and Melissa post about Favorite Fictional Families has given us several ideas for books we want to read together.

I also love this list of Cool Girls of Children's Literature from Jen Robinsons' Book Page, another great blog.

During an Amazon search, I ran across a few cool lists:
An Amazon Guide to Children's Series Books
Novel Read Alouds for a Gifted 3 Year old Part 1
Novel Read Alouds for a Gifted 3 Year old Part 2
Chapter Series Books for Six Year Old Girls

In a search for books for a 5 year old girl, I found this post about read-alouds at Little Acorns Treehouse.

And I love the Telegraph's list of the Top 50 Children's Books