Saturday, September 4, 2010

What My Child Is Reading

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 DayRuby Valentine Saves the Day (Carolrhoda Picture Books)
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
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
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?

Disclosure: I was sent a publisher copy of Ruby Valentine Saves the Day and the Bedtime of the Sky in order to write this review.  If you click on any links in this post and purchase anything, we may earn a small commission through our affiliate relationship with


Christy said...

That last book sounds like something I should find!

We just borrowed the dinosaur book that you wrote about recently, "Vacation's Over". It is in the Link Within right now so that is what reminded me! We are enjoying it.

I haven't read anything for myself in a while. I have a huge pile of books to read, but right now I am working a few hours a week teaching a class at the law school to help students pass UCC and I haven't been able to fit in my own reading!!!

Sorry for all of the rambling.

Brimful Curiosities said...

When my children were young I used Jackie Silberg's Games to Play with of the same authors of the activity book you featured. I also checked out another "Complete Book" called The Complete Book and CD Set of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays, and Chants and really liked it. Very thorough and full of ideas.

Infant Bibliophile said...

@Christy Very impressed that you're teaching -- I feel like that part of my brain is so deeply buried at the moment!

@Brimful Thank you for the other titles. One thing I have been considering is creating a binder of finger plays, because my son enjoys them, but I don't know many. So now I have some more books to look at if I decide to do it someday. :)

Joyful Learner said...

Well, this doesn't count as personal reading but I've been enjoying The Help, audiobook and The Pillars of the Earth, video version. One of these days, I'll read the actual books.

Ticia said...

It always amuses me when my kids pick books like that last one, because they keep trying to act like they really like it, but they slowly lose interest.

Debbie said...

That last book sounds like one I should check out. We could use some new ideas around here.

kewkew said...

I agree with Debbie, I would love to check out the last book. Always love to get new ideas.

Raising a Happy Child said...

Thanks for joining WMCIR! Bedtime of the Sky looks like something daughter might enjoy. You will laugh, but I am reading Creative Homeschooling. It has a lot of ideas about teaching gifted children. I don't want to label my daughter, but I have to admit that she is far advanced academically, and I want to find ways to have her productively challenged.