We've been mostly reading old favorites off of our shelves this week. Especially at nighttime, the Bibliophile loves to go and grab his old board books to read. I don't complain, because they make the whole bedtime routine shorter! But we have also been reading a lot of easy readers that we've reviewed previously on the blog (What's Your Sound, Hound the Hound was a popular choice his week), and books in connection with some of our learning activities that we will post more about later in the week.
So, this will be a bit of a scattered post with some miscellaneous books that we have read this week that have not been reviewed on the blog yet.
This one we both enjoyed:
Ruby Valentine Saves the Day
Ruby plans a spectacular Valentine's Day party in honor of her favorite holiday of the year, but when a snowstorm derails her plans, she discovers what really makes a party special. "If you're with the one you love, that's all you need to celebrate." It is a cute story, obviously perfect for Valentine's Day, but also enjoyable for the rest of the year as well. It teaches a sweet story about life's unpredictable curve balls, and what truly matters and brings us joy. And it isn't nearly as sappy as I am making it sound.
The Bedtime of the Sky and Other Sleepy-Bye Stories
This is a collection of short stories written for reading at bedtime. The first page of each story has a nice illustration, but then 2-5 pages are just text, with a decorative border. This wouldn't be an issue for an older child, but for my 2 1/2 year old, I figured it would lose his interest fast. He did sit through it fairly well, however. Midway through I switched to just reading the first page of each story. I asked him if he liked it, and he said he did. I was skeptical, but he insisted he liked it, and especially how the boy points to the planets on the cover.
Stars by Goldstein - This one he pulled off the shelves and insisted we take out of the library on our last visit. The text was over his head, but I thought it was a great little book for older kids.
The Complete Book of Activities, Games, Stories, Props, Recipes, and Dances: For Young Children
This is more of a curriculum book for me than for him, but he did choose it as one of his bedtime books last night, and we sat together thumbing through it and singing some of the action stories and talking about the game ideas. The book is overwhelming. It has over 600 activities of one kind or another in it. The index is very detailed, so you can look up theme units and find everything in the book associated with the topic. It contains hundreds of original ideas, and also companion activities for popular classic tales like The Three Little Pigs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, etc. I've been so astounded by the sheer number of entries in the book that I've yet to do much with it. I think it would be a great book to own so that I could refer to it with any study unit we cover.
I'm linking this up with What My Child Is Reading at Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns.
Comment: What are your kids reading this week? And, while we're at it, what are YOU reading? I admit that my own personal reading has really taken a back seat lately. But I am slowly rereading one of my favorite birth books, Baby Catcher. How about you?
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